Sam Simon, a co-creator of Fox’s long-running hit animated series “The Simpsons”, and animal-rights advocate and a philantrophist has died at the age of 59.
Simon was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in late 2012. Doctors gave him three to six months to live. He died Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, California according to his agent Andy Patman.
Simon founded the Sam Simon Foundation in 2002 and he decided to give away his fortune, estimated by media at $100 million.
He won nine Emmy awards for his work as a writer and executive producer of “The Simpsons,” the situation comedy that premiered in 1989 and won over a global audience with its portrait of a bumbling father and his wayward family.
After four seasons of “The Simpsons,” Simon negotiated a deal to leave the show while retaining a percentage of its future earnings, which would bring him between $20 million and $30 million a year. He is still listed as executive producer in the show’s credits.