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    the Frying Dutchman Matty's Avatar
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    Sam Simon diagnosed with terminal cancer

    Very sad news, everybody, one of people who made the Simpsons the show we all love only has a few more months left to live

    Howard Stern Show regular Sam Simon revealed Monday that doctors estimate he has only months to live now that the colorectal cancer he was diagnosed with in 2012 has now metastasized and spread to his other organs.

    Simon revealed the grim news on Howard 100 reporter Jon Leiberman's weekday news show "Leiberman: Live at 5" on Howard 101. Simon said he was all ready to set sail with The Sea Shepherds to stop illegal Japanese whalers last year when doctors gave him the bad news.

    "I had all my stuff ready to go for the adventure of my life, but instead I got a different kind of adventure...I’ve had the greatest life in the world. So, when it comes to talking about disappointments, they’re very high end disappointments, and there's not many of them, but this [missing the trip] would be the biggest one.”

    Simon said that he got the cancer diagnosis about five months ago, when a doctor reluctantly estimated that he had three to six months to live.

    "The diagnosis was--I was feeling bad for a couple years, and I was diagnosing myself from television talk shows, so I was taking antidepressants and I was trying to get my testosterone levels up...but then it turned out my primary cancer was colon cancer that had spread to my liver, kidneys, abdominal connective tissues and my lymph system and maybe my brain. They're not sure about that."
    Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/sam-...tasized-cancer

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    Goddamnit.

    Sam, you helped create one of the greatest things in my life and the world of TV is going to be even more empty without you.

    Thanks for everything, Sam. We will all sincerely miss you.


    Well, ya'know if you stay positive and forget about trivial things like "proper characterization," "Satire," and "emotional depth" watching new Simpsons episodes can be a seemingly enjoyable lie.

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    That's a bloody outrage Gran2's Avatar
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    There was some speculation that he had cancer a week ago on another forum and given some of his tweets it seemed pretty clear.

    Incredibly sad to hear that it's terminal. Here's hoping he can pull through, somehow. If there's one word to describe Sam it's "character"; writing his Wikipedia page was a joy and he's certainly led one hell of varied life. And no small part of that is helping to craft the greatest TV show ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gran2 View Post
    There was some speculation that he had cancer a week ago on another forum and given some of his tweets it seemed pretty clear.
    I had seen some twitter pictures of his where he posted medicine associated with cancer and that he was walking with a cane, but it's sad to see it confirmed and being the worst case scenario.

    We love you Sam, where would we all have been without you?

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    Fuck.


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    Thank you for telling us about this, @Matty. There is a lot of pride Mr. Simon can take home from his accomplishments, and I hope he'll be able to spend the time with family and loved ones, without pain.

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    this is incredibly sad news

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    I hope to god he makes it through... he like many people was a one of a kind. He's the kind of person who's really done so much for not just his fans, but also for his friends, family, his three dogs. Remember not just that he was the co-developer of The Simpsons, but try to remember him as a unreplaceable person that brought laughter, friendly lessons, and joyous moments to many people throughout the world. Let's all hope the guy makes it through.


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    Here's yesterdays interview where he reveals his cancer, starts at 6:10:


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    This just sucks

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    that's really sad news. he's had a pretty decent life though eh? put together and ran one of the greatest shows of all time, earns a mega fortune each year, does immense charity work for animal rights (which ought to be congratulated more than his work on the simpsons imo), and wiki says that he once married a playboy playmate!

    what a life! if it's indeed terminal here's hoping that he goes out with as little pain as possible.
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    This is really sad news

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    in related news, i found a recent picture of him



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    This is really sad news, but at least Sam can be happy that he created what is probably the greatest show in television history Here's hoping he pulls through it.

    Also, 9 Emmys! That's freaking impressive!

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    Well wishes to a TV legend, not only for his involvement with the Simpsons but also Cheers and Taxi. Thanks for all the great TV you provided us over the years.
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    This is, indeed, sad news.

    Not a good way to start the day.

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    DAMN!!!!!

    Thinking of you, Sam.


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    Damn, very sad to hear.

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    This is horrible.

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    Awful news. At least he lived a fulfilling life. May he enjoy his last days. Thanks for the laughs, Sam.
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    He was vital in the production of The Simpsons and it probably wouldn't have existed without him. His name appears on every Simpsons episode ever alongside Matt Groening and James L Brooks, and he will remain immortal for exactly that even after he dies.

    Thanks for making my life, and so many others', better.

    Best wishes.



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    That's a damn shame. His work on The Simpsons and others raised the bar for all the shows that came after.

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    Well... that sux.

    But he could always live longer than expected.

    I have a relative with almost no liver left and the doctors told him that he'll be dead very soon (think weeks), and he's still going one year later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuchAdoAboutNothing View Post
    Well... that sux.

    But he could always live longer than expected.

    I have a realitive with almost no liver left and the doctors said you'll be dead very soon (think weeks), and he's still going one year later.
    Yeah, that happens sometimes. Unfortunately that's quite unlikely, though.

    Let's all hope that the episode that ends being dedicated to him is a brilliant one, otherwise it'll seem pretty bad. It'll probably be the Season 24 finale or something.

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    Sad news.

    "'If you leave out Sam Simon,'' Jon Vitti says, ''you're telling the managed version. He was the guy we wrote for.'' Jay Kogen, a former producer at the show, agrees. ''Sam had this amazing conception of Springfield,'' he recalls. ''He kept expanding the idea. He knew the freedom that animation provides and utilized it to the full extent. The big story at the time was 'Cartoonist breaks through into TV.' It could also have been, just as easily, 'Old-time TV producer breaks through into TV.' ''

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    This sucks, I don't know what to say but thank you Sam for helping make the simpsons.
    I hope his family will be alright too.
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    Wow, this is really sad.

    He created the best show ever, and there's a good chance it wouldn't have existed without him.
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    Terrible news. It's a damn shame and really quite sad; there is no doubt he will be missed and very much remembered.

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    Terrible news.

    Thanks for the Simpsons! Will he remain credited for the Simpsons?

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