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November 12, 2014

Charities to Get $100-Million From 'Simpsons' Co-Creator

Animal-welfare and anti-hunger efforts will be prime beneficiaries of the $100-million fortune to be left by Sam Simon, a co-creator of The Simpsons who is in the final stages of a battle with colon cancer, the New York Daily News reports, citing an interview Mr. Simon gave to NBC News. The 59-year-old television writer and executive, who was diagnosed two years ago and given just months to live, announced last year that he would give away his wealth.

While he left The Simpsons early in the show's 20-plus-year run, Mr. Simon retained an executive-producer credit and has continued to earn tens of millions of dollars a year in royalties. In the interview with NBC's Maria Shriver he names People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Save the Children, and Feeding Families as partners of his Sam Simon Foundation, into which he has put most of his wealth.