Sam Simon

Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, passed away on Sunday (March 8) in his Los Angeles home, following a long and very public battle with colon cancer.

TMZ reported the news first, which was confirmed to Variety by Simpsons showrunner Al Jean. “A great man; I owe him everything,” Jean wrote in a tweet.

Simon received his diagnosis in 2012, and was given three months to live. He donated $100 million to charity and put much of his fortune into founding the Sam Simon Foundation, which  provides assistance dogs for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans dealing with PTSD.

Following his passing, the foundation posted a note on Facebook, remembering him: “It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation. We take comfort in knowing how many greetings he is receiving across that Rainbow Bridge. We love you Sam!”

Before The Simpsons” Simon worked on a number of animated shows like The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. He also has credits on the 1970s TV series, Taxi, where he served first as a writer and then as showrunner for its fifth and final season; as well as Cheers, The Drew Carey Show and The George Carlin Show.

In 1989 he, James L. Brooks and Matt Groening created The Simpsons for Fox, but would leave the show in 1993.

Over the years, he won nine Emmys for his work on The Tracey Ullman Show and The Simpsons.