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Latest News: Simon signs off

Picture of Sam Simon 8th Mar 2015

Co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon, has lost his battle with cancer, aged 59. Simon had some initial success as a writer on TV shows such as Taxi and Cheers, but found his biggest success in creating The Simpson with Matt Groening and James L Brooks. Simon assembled the writing team for the initial seasons of the shows but had an acrimonious split with Groening in 1993 and left the show. He did however negotiate one of the most lucrative severance packages in entertainment history whereby he was continued to be paid a share of the shows profit each year, which was rumoured to be tens of millions of dollars annually. In his later years, Simon became heavily involved in animal charities. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and given only months to live but publicly battled his fight with the disease on social media for several years. It is unclear whether Simon would have been proud to have been outlived by his most famous creation, however many might suggest that The Simpsons expired many years before he did. Simon was making his second appearance on DeathList, making it to number two on this year’s list.


The DeathList 2015

The DeathList committee has once again called upon numerous sources of information to compile its list of 50 celebrities that it considers most likely to die in 2015. A quick recap on the DeathList rules: Candidates must be famous enough such that their death is expected to be reported by the UK media; Candidates cannot be famous solely for the fact they are likely to die in the near future and only half of the candidates can have appeared on the previous year’s list. DeathList 2014 ended with a disappointing total of 10 successes so we will be looking for DeathList 2015 to show some better form.

The DeathList 2015

1. Zsa Zsa Gabor, 98
2. Sam Simon, 60
3. João Havelange , 99
4. Herman Wouk, 100
5. Billy Graham, 97
6. Olivia De Havilland, 99
7. Javier Perez de Cuellar, 95
8. Denis Healey, 98
9. George Bush Senior, 91
10. Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, 94
11. Chris Woodhead, 69
12. Helmut Schmidt, 97
13. Fidel Castro, 89
14. Patrick Macnee, 93
15. Kirk Douglas, 99
16. Clive James, 76
17. Al Molinaro, 96
18. Valerie Harper, 76
19. Maureen O'Hara, 95
20. Martin Crowe, 53
21. Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88
22. B B King, 90
23. Helmut Kohl, 85
24. Leslie Phillips, 91
25. Ken Kercheval, 80
26. Harper Lee, 89
27. Bob Dole, 92
28. Joost van der Westhuizen, 44
29. Doris Day, 93
30. Peter O'Sullevan, 97
31. George Cole, 90
32. Peter Sallis, 94
33. Denis Norden, 93
34. Henry Kissinger, 92
35. Jake Lamotta, 94
36. Cliff Michelmore, 96
37. Leonard Nimoy, 84
38. Nancy Reagan, 94
39. Hosni Mubarak, 87
40. Liz Smith, 94
41. Robert Mugabe, 91
42. Chuck Berry, 89
43. John Nash, 87
44. Richard Adams, 95
45. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, 60
46. Kirk Kerkorian, 98
47. Vera Lynn, 98
48. Christopher Lee, 93
49. Eddie Large, 74
50. Bill Maynard, 87

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