Simpsons Co-creator/Poker Player Sam Simon Dies at 59

Sam Simon
Sam Simon

Sam Simon, legendary co-creator of The Simpsons and noted poker player, died earlier today at his home in Las Angeles according to multiple reports.

Simon had been battling colorectal cancer, which he was diagnosed with in late 2012.

Simon developed The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks but eventually left the show in 1993 while retaining an executive producer title. He was also a show runner for Taxi and wrote and produced for Cheers and The Drew Carey Show.

Simon Arranged for his Fortune to Be Given Away

Jennifer Tilly
Sam Simon's former wife and good friend Jennifer Tilly.

After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, Simon took a particular interest in philanthropy and arranged for his considerable fortune to be given to various charities after his death.

Simon was also a huge poker fan and made regular trips to the WSOP.

He had over $350,000 in lifetime live tournament earnings. His deepest run was 16th place in a $1k No-Limit Hold’em event in 2006. He was renowned for running a particularly raucous home game in Hollywood.

In 2009 Simon produced and starred in a special show on Playboy TV called Sam’s Game that featured numerous celebrities playing poker.

Simon was also responsible for getting ex-wife Jennifer Tilly into poker. Tilly has since won a WSOP bracelet and collected nearly $1 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. Tilly and Simon remained friends over the years.

Tilly Tweeted this after learning about Simon passing:

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Hank 2015-03-09 22:08:25

Tragic loss to comedy, poker and life. Many condolences to his family, friends and especially Jen Tilly.

Colin 2015-03-09 16:56:54

Will miss Sam Simon so much. Thank you for the Simpsons. RIP

Mark 2015-03-09 16:19:22

RIP to a great human.

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