Sam Simon, known as the co-creator of the hit animated TV series “The Simpsons,” has died at the age of 59 due to colon cancer.
The Sam Simon Foundation, which rescues stray dogs and funds mobile clinics for animals, announced the death of the nine-time Emmy winner on Facebook.
“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!” wrote the foundation.
“The Simpsons” show-runner and writer Al Jean also confirmed the news on Twitter.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 9, 2015
Simon was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, with doctors giving him only three to six months to live, according to Reuters. Since then, he has given an estimated $100 million to different charities.
“I have a desire to help animals,” Simon said during an interview with Reuters on August last year. “The question of whether it makes financial sense, it’s my money and I get to do what I want with it. It’s an expensive hobby I picked up at the end of my life.”