Conservationists Mourn Death of Sam Simon
Conservationists across the world are devastated at the news of the death of The Simpsons co-creator and animal rights advocate Sam Simon who passed away on Sunday
Sam Simon who made a career as a storyboard artist, writer for successful TV shows such as Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show and Anger Management, and co-creator of The Simpsons, passed away at the age of 59.
Diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012 and initially only given three months to live, the known animal advocate announced that he would donate the majority of his $100m fortune to animal-related causes in an interview with NBC last November.
The nine-time Emmy Award winner established the Sam Simon Foundation in 2002, dedicated to rescuing and rehoming stray dogs and training them to assist disabled people and war veterans with physical and mental trauma. Simon has also worked closely with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Sea Shepherd.
'I think that my passion for the animals and against animal abuse is based on the knowledge that these creatures who feel and think can’t speak for themselves and they’re dependent on us for that,' he told Maria Shriver in the NBC interview. 'And so I feel it’s my responsibility to speak for those that can’t speak for themselves.'
Hearing of the death of Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson said, 'This is truly a devastating loss, for me and for Sea Shepherd and for the thousands of people and animals whose lives have been touched by Sam Simon. He will be remembered as a great friend and as an unwavering defender of animals.'
'The animals have lost a true ally and a sharp and honest tongue,' a tribute on the PETA website on Monday said.