First diagnosed with the disease in 2012, The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has sadly lost his battle with colon cancer. When Simon first learnt of his illness, he was given just three months and he admirably decided to dedicate the rest of his days to charitable causes.

The pioneer set up the Sam Simon Foundation, which provides service dogs for returning war veterans. In 2013, The Simpsons co-creator told The Hollywood Reporter:

"I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don't feel like it is an obligation […] 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."

Following the news of his sad death, it was announced that Sam Simon has donated his $100 million fortune to charity. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family and remembered for eternity, thanks to his award-winning adult cartoon The Simpsons, and his impact on various charity organisations.

RIP Sam Simon, 1955–2015