In 2013, Simon was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. Shortly after the diagnosis, the nine-time Emmy Award-winning producer told The Hollywood Reporter that he planned to donate nearly his entire fortune to various charities upon his death. The Sam Simon Foundation specializes in helping hungry people and stray dogs. He also worked with PETA.
In television history, Simon is most famous for developing "The Simpsons" in 1989. Until 1993, he produced the show and co-wrote several episodes. He's credited with assembling the show's first writing team and establishing its tone. The series is the longest-running sitcom in American history. Other shows Simon produced include "The Drew Carey Show," "Taxi, and "Cheers."
Sam passed away March 8, 2015. "We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation."