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The Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Faces Terminal Illness and Shares Wealth With Others

​Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons, is dying of Stage 4 colon cancer and has been given a few months to live. This startling news has shocked many people in the entertainment world and fans of the famous producer, writer, director, etc.

Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons, is dying of Stage 4 colon cancer and has been given a few months to live. This startling news has shocked many people in the entertainment world and fans of the famous producer, writer, director, etc.

At 58 years old Simon is not going to sit around and let this disease get the best of him. Simon has decided to donate nearly all of his fortune to help those in need.

The co-creator of The Simpsons developed and began the show in 1989 along with cartoonist Matt Groening. Since then, the show has dominated TV ratings and it is still running strong. Simon left the show in 1993 to pursue other projects, but still remains credited as an executive producer. That means he receives tens of millions in royalties from the show every year.

Simon is giving all that money to people who deserve it. As a huge animal rights activist and philanthropist, Simon knows exactly where to donate. Places like PETA, Feed The Children, The Sea Shepard Conservation Society, and The Sam Simon Foundation will all receive donations.

Those who don’t follow Simon’s career history or work in social media marketing probably wouldn’t know much about him… except for the fact that he and Matt Groening are the “parents” of The Simpsons. But even before his diagnosis, Simon was a generous man, built on strong ethics and values. After directing an episode of “The Drew Carey Show” that involved race dogs, Simon donated all of the money he made from the episode to charity. Why? Because he did not agree with the episode’s theme and use of animals. And eventually in 2011, Simon created his own self-titled foundation built around feeding families in need, helping veterans, and rescuing stray dogs.

In a recent interview, Simon explained his situation and why he feels the need to donate his money to strong charities. “You know, I’m not married, and I don’t have kids…I had an emergency operation when I was septic, and I really did come very close to dying. My colon cancer perforated my colon. When I woke up in the hospital, even though I did have a will, it did become that much more important to me to set this stuff up for the future.”

Sam Simon is a tremendous man who has left us with some great entertainment and, better yet, some beautiful examples of the power of the human spirit. All aspects of his work will be admired for years and years to come. He is a testament to the simple fact that life is meant to be a collection of love and doing things that we love. Thank you Mr. Simon.

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