Sam Simon, who was one of the major creative forces behind “The Simpsons” and who left the show after its fourth season in a lucrative arrangement that allowed him to spend much of the rest of his life giving his money away, died on Sunday at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. He was 59.
His death was confirmed by his agent, Andy Patman. Mr. Simon learned a few years ago that he had colon cancer. ...
Sam Simon had a long career in show biz ... which started at Filmation in the 1970s. He soon left animation to work in live action sitcoms, returning to cartoons with a vengeance to help launch The Simpsons.
Mr. Simon's death wasn't unexpected; he had been fighting cancer for several years.