Sadly,Sam Simon has passed away. Simons won 9 Emmy Awards and co-created The Simpsons along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. Aside from his numerous writing and production credits, Simon was also a philanthropist. He funded the Sam Simon Foundation that rescued dogs, trained service dogs and provided mobile veterinary care. He supported PETA, whose Norfolk, Va., HQ is named the Sam Simon Center, Save the Children, and global marine conservation organization the Sea Shepherd Conservation.
After being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, Simon started buying zoos and circuses to free animals. Simon was 59.
Current Executive Producer of The Simpsons, Al Jean shared on Twitter:
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— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 9, 2015