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Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon dies at 59

He helped populate Springfield, the fictional town where the Simpsons live

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Although Groening is the person most closely associated with The Simpsons, Simon (above) played a crucial role as The Simpsons evolved into a half-hour series. It became the longest-running sitcom in television history.

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Although Groening is the person most closely associated with The Simpsons, Simon played a crucial role as The Simpsons (above) evolved into a half-hour series. It became the longest-running sitcom in television history.

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SAM Simon, who was one of the major creative forces behind The Simpsons and who left the show after its fourth season in a lucrative arrangement that allowed him to spend much of the rest of his life giving his money away, died on Sunday at his home in the Pacific Palisades area

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