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

(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.

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.
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)
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