Monday, the world is mourning the loss of “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon, who sadly lost his battle with colorectal cancer, his foundation stated in a released statement. He was only 59 years old.
It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. We take comfort in knowing how many greetings he is receiving across that Rainbow Bridge. We love you Sam!
Simon was not only a producer of the “The Simpsons,” however; he was also a producer for “Cheers,” as well as the “Drew Carey Show,” and several other popular series. Reuters reported, in his career, he received nine Emmy awards for his writing, directing and executive producer work for “The Simpsons.”
After being diagnosed in February of 2013, Simon immediately began giving his money away to charities he felt passionately about, such as PETA and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). PETA named a facility based in Norfolk, Virginia, after Simon, and the SSCS honored him by naming a vessel for him, according to a 2013 TODAY report.
Simon was also the owner and friend to an over-raced racehorse on the verge of injury, and a bull that was being prepped for slaughter until Simon stepped in. He’s also helped countless other animals in loving, charitable work over the years. For those two animals alone, Simon was willing to throw down $67,800 just to help give them good lives.
Fortunately, and much to his credit, Simon already had the Sam Simon Foundation in place before he started gifting his money away – a foundation that works to save dogs’ lives in order “to enrich the lives of people,” as the foundation website puts it.
His legacy will live on through all of us working towards a kinder, more compassionate world. Words can’t express how much we’ll miss him.
Mercy for Animals has honored Simon in the past with The Compassionate Leadership Award and also named an award after him in 2013.
President of Mercy for Animals, Nathan Runkle, stated that Simon’s life and generosity will remain an inspiration to others, for years and years to come, no doubt. Runkle said:
Sam led by example and showed us all what bravery, kindness, and determination truly were.
Yep, the world lost another good one. Today, we bid you a loving farewell, Sam Simon.