Sam Simon passed away on Sunday, March 8th, after he lost the battle with cancer. Simon was born June 6th, 1955, and most of the world recognizes him as the co-creator of The Simpsons — but there's much more to the layers that made up the life of Simon. He was into poker, an animal advocate, a philanthropist, and those are just a few of the layers that were part of the whole. Family and friends were in Los Angeles to comfort and send Simon, 59, on to his next journey.
In 2012 was when Simon was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. During his visit to Jon Leiberman on Leiberman: Live at 5 on Howard 101 in 2013 is when it was made known that cancer had spread to other organs and he was terminally ill. At that time Simon's doctors gave him only a few months to live but the spirit that made Simon what he was fought on for a year longer.
The Telegraph included in Simon's obituary, that one of the layers in his life was a fascination with cards:
"From 1999 to 2003 he was a writer, consulting producer and director on The Drew Carey Show, striking up a friendship with the show’s eponymous host. Both men were avid players of poker and blackjack, and both were prepared to stake thousands of dollars on a hand.
"One of Simon's favorite haunts was the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas, where he and Carey once played $1,000-a-hand blackjack in exchange for a complimentary meal. By the end of that particular game, Simon later joked, his toasted cheese sandwich had cost him $75,000. In 2009 he hosted Sam's Game, a celebrity poker match on American cable television."
Poker player and actress Jennifer Tilly married Simon in 1984. Even after their 1991 separation, the two were close. Tilly sent out a tweet that sends a sad, nostalgic end to the earthly relationship after Simon passed:
The fortune Simon amassed during his lifetime is estimated to be from $100 to $400 million and he pledged previously to send the majority of it to philanthropic causes — he had no children.
"The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending. Everyone in my family is take care of, and I enjoy this," Simon told The Hollywood Reporter in reference to his plan to donate his fortune. The Sam Simon Foundation was started to rescue dogs to train as service animals in 2002, and he opened a vegan food bank in 2011 — of his many charitable efforts, those are just a few.
Sam was part of the poker community also, in 2009 he was on High Stakes Poker, and his first poker tournament cash was in 1995. He had success in other poker tournaments to the tune of $358,655 — a win in the 2010 Winnin' O' The Green $225 No Limit Hold'em for $57,308; 329th place in the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event for $39,445.
The world will miss Sam Simon.
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