Monday 16 December 2019

Dying Simpsons creator Sam Simon's $100 million gift

Mr Burns and Bart Simpson, two of the characters Sam Simon helped create.
Mr Burns and Bart Simpson, two of the characters Sam Simon helped create.

Harriet Alexander

The man who co-created 'The Simpsons' has told how he is giving away his $100 million fortune because he is dying of cancer.

Sam Simon (59) - who founded the series in 1991 with Matt Groening and James Brooks - was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago and given only months to live.

Twice divorced with no children, he has decided to give away his life's earnings to charities working with the homeless and animal rights.

He has been working with Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), to devise a series of projects, all funded by his share of royalties from 'The Simpsons', to improve the lives of animals.

"I get to watch these animals that have been in concrete bunkers their whole lives take their first step on grass. I fly my friends out to watch it," he said. "There is no area of charity right now that you get fast results, and see changes, as with animal rights. There are victories every day."

Mr Simon told NBC that he has "never been happier". (© Daily Telegraph London)

Irish Independent

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