Newswire: R.I.P. Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons

Sam Simon, the longtime TV writer and producer and nine-time Emmy winner best known as one of the co-creators of The Simpsons, died Sunday after a long battle with colorectal cancer, Simpsons showrunner Al Jean has confirmed. He was 59.

Simon began his career as a storyboard artist and writer at the animation house Filmation Studios, where he earned his first onscreen credits on Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids and The New Adventures Of Mighty Mouse And Heckle And Jeckle. By the ’80s, however, he had turned his attention to primetime sitcoms, where he worked as a writer and producer on Cheers, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and Taxi. (He also served as showrunner for the first season of Taxi.) In the late ’80s he executive produced The Tracey Ullman Show, a gig that led into his most famous work, co-creating The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James …

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