Sam Simon, co-creator of "The Simpsons" talks while visiting a chinchilla farm in Vista, California in this August 19, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files
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Sam Simon, a co-creator of Fox's long-running hit animated series "The Simpsons" and an ardent philanthropist for animals, died after a battle with colon cancer, his agent said on Monday.Simon won nine Emmy awards for his work as a writer, director and executive producer of "The Simpsons," the situation comedy that premiered in 1989 and won over a global audience with its portrait of a bumbling father and his wayward family.Doctors first gave Simon three to six months to live when he was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer in 2012 .After four seasons of "The Simpsons," Simon negotiated a deal to leave the show while retaining a percentage of its future earnings, which would bring him between $20 million and $30 million a year. He is still listed as executive producer in the show's credits.
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