Dog-lover Sam Simon, the man who created and produced the Simpsons, died Sunday at the age of 59 in his Los Angeles home after a long battle for colon cancer. He left his $100 million estate to charites, most notably a foundation to help dogs in need.
The Sam Simon Foundation is composed of several charities, including a dog-rescue haven in Maliba, PETA and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Simon, who once said he earned “tens of millions” annually off Simpson royalties, the show he co-created with cartoonist Matt Groenig, first revealed he had cancer in 2012.
“I want medical experiments on animals stopped. They don’t do anything, and they don’t work,” Simon once said.”Veganism is an answer for almost every problem facing the world in terms of hunger and climate change.”
Simon passed away Sunday surrounded by his family when he died, and his dog.
The dog was very special in Sam’s life.
The Sam Simon Foundation posted on its Facebook page this message:
It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. 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!
h/t: Sam Simon Foundation