Simpsons' Co-Creator Dying, Giving Away Fortune
Sam Simon's philanthropy feeds hungry people and animals
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2013 5:59 PM CDT
Updated Jul 28, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
In this 2009 image released by Playboy TV, Sam Simon and Playboy playmate Brande Roderick are shown during the taping of "Sam's Game," a short-lived poker show of his for the Playboy Channel.   (AP Photo/Playboy TV, Shane O'Neal)

(Newser) – Lousy news from the world of television: Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon has only months to live because of terminal colon cancer. The diagnosis came just five months ago for the 58-year-old, whose royalties from the show and the rest of his TV career have made him a millionaire many times over. In an interview, he tells the Hollywood Reporter that he's giving away his fortune to charities—including his own Sam Simon Foundation, which focuses on feeding hungry humans and dogs. PETA, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Save the Children are some other of his favorites.

Some snippets:

  • "I have more money than I'm interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this." (Simon is single now and has no children.)
  • "I want medical experiments on animals stopped. They don't do anything, and they don't work. Veganism is an answer for almost every problem facing the world in terms of hunger and climate change."
  • "One of the things about animal rights, which is not the only thing that I care about in this world, is that your money can bring success. I see results. There is stuff happening, really good stuff, every week. I'm not sure you get that with a lot of disease charities. If you were donating to environmental causes for the past 20 years, do you think your money is doing anything?" Big green groups are "treading water."
Head to THR for the full interview, or click for another story of amazing generosity.

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Jul 29, 2013 10:02 PM CDT
This 'newser' site is just getting to be a vicious pathetic group of people that are feeding off of other folks' misery for what purpose? I think it is time to change my carrier so that I do not have to 'share' in your miserable lives. It really must suck to be you that all you have to do is insult other people that post something here. Get a life, get a love, get what ever it is that so many of you need to be more gracious in life. I am sorry for you & those that have to listen [read] your misery. I leave befopre I lower myself to your level of 'name calling'.
Jul 29, 2013 2:06 AM CDT
Living causes cancer. If you live long enough, cancer will get you. Its a given.
Jul 28, 2013 10:02 PM CDT
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