Sam Simon, who made a fortune as co-creator of The Simpsons, died on Sunday.Before his death the nine-time Emmy-winning writer-producer used his wealth to, among other causes, help shut down roadside zoos and abusive animal shows, fund a dog-rescue haven in Malibu, and fight hunger'The thing about animals that speaks to me so much is that my passion for the animals and against animal abuse is based on the knowledge that these creatures which think and feel can't speak for themselves,' said Simon to NBC.TMZ reported erroneously Saturday that Simon’s family banned Anderson from the funeral — which TMZ said is on Tuesday — because she accepted a ring worth around 0,000 from him in his final days.

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The adverts were backed by the biologist and well-known atheist Richard Dawkins, and by the British Humanist Association.

In an interview last year, Simon, who donated $100 million of his fortune to charity, referenced his lack of religious when asked about the motivation behind his generosity, telling Vanity Fair: “People say I’m trying to buy my way into heaven, which I don’t believe in.

He submitted a spec script for the sitcom Taxi, which was produced, and later became the series' showrunner.

THE SIMPSONS co-creator SAM SIMON has lost his battle with colon cancer.

“Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean also confirmed the news with a tweet on Monday.

Simon shared seven Emmy Awards for “The Simpsons” and two for his work on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” In 1989 he developed “The Simpsons” with Matt Groening and James L.

Nine-time Emmy winner Sam Simon, who wrote episodes of “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” before co-creating landmark animated series “The Simpsons” and eventually becoming a philanthropist, died Sunday of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed.

He was 59 and was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012.

The animator, 59, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012 and told by doctors he only had three to six months to live.