Sam Simon, Co-Creator Of 'The Simpsons,' Dies At Age 59

(FOX 11 / CNS) Funeral services were pending today for Sam Simon, co-creator of the FOX animated hit "The Simpsons" and a prolific writer, producer and director.

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Simon died Sunday at his Los Angeles home at age 59, following a two-year battle with colorectal cancer, according to The Sam Simon Foundation.

"It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over," according to the foundation, which provides service dogs for veterans, the hard-of-hearing and others. "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!"

Simon was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012.
STATEMENT FROM FOX TELEVISION GROUP: "Sam helped establish the tone and world of the Simpsons in the early years of this landmark series, and his contributions live on. His philanthropy was well-known and a source of inspiration for many. We are deeply saddened by his passing."

STATEMENT FROM SIMPSONS CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MATT GROENING: "We will miss Sam's phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and sly sense of humor. He is gone from our industry too soon."

STATEMENT FROM SIMPSONS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JAMES L. BROOKS: "He was truly one of the great ones. He found so much outside the work to give him pleasure and left so much behind for others."

STATEMENT FROM SIMPSONS SHOWRUNNER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AL JEAN: "He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, but I will do my best to help every animal I can in his memory." Al Jean, a co-creator of "The Simpsons" and the series' show runner, wrote on his Twitter page, "Just heard terrible news of death of (Simon). A great man. I owe him everything. If you would like to honor Sam's memory, do something nice for the next animal you meet. An enormous loss."

He had been a writer, producer and director on some of Hollywood's most memorable shows, including "Barney Miller," "Taxi," "Cheers," "It's Garry Shandling's Show," "The Tracey Ullman Show" and "The Drew Carey Show."Check out The Sam Simon Foundation on Facebook.

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