Simpsons co-creator is spending his last months giving away his fortune before dying of colon cancer


From The Daily Mail:

The producer of The Simpsons has decided to give his vast fortune away before he dies from colon cancer. Sam Simon, 58, is spending his final months funding projects that feed homeless people and save animals from being killed in animal shelters.

‘The truth is, I have more money than I’m interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this,’ Simon explained.

Simon created the hit cartoon alongside Matt Groening in 1991. He technically retired from The Simpsons in 1993, but still receives tens of millions in royalties every season. Now after being diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to his liver and kidneys, Simon has met with financial planners to fund his foundation well after he dies.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that while chemotherapy used to make him feel better, those days are becoming more and more infrequent so now he wants to see the good use his money can do.

‘I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don’t feel like it is an obligation,’ he told the magazine in their write up of Hollywood’s 17 top philanthropists.

Simon has set up a food bank in Los Angeles that serves only cruelty-free vegan food, and turned his Malibu mansion into dog rescue where animals who are about to be put down by local shelters are taken, cared for, and then trained to be companions for the deaf.

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