If you're a fan of The Simpsons, then you are definitely a fan of Kevin Curran. The gifted comedian and writer is best known for his work on the animated series, and he sadly passed away today at the age of 59. The producer died after a fighting a prolonged battle with cancer, and many fans have joined Curran's family to mourn his loss.
Curran got his first taste of success back in 1979. He worked as an editor for the Harvard Lampoon and met Al Jean while attending the prestigious school. Jean would become the showrunner of The Simpsons, and he published a statement today about Curran's passing on Twitter.
"Sad at the passing of Kevin Curran," Jean wrote. "Brilliantly funny and [a] true friend." The showrunner then posted an official reaction, saying, "Kevin Curran was a sweet, brilliant man who said many hilarious things, some unprintable, others which will live forever in a children's cartoon."
Curran joined The Simpsons' staff back in 2001 and most recently worked on the series as an executive producer. The writer pitched countless of episodes for the show, but notable inclusions are "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" and the 2002 "Treehouse Horror" special. During his time on the show, Curran won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program.
Before working on The Simpsons, Curran had won several Emmy Awards for his work on Late Night with David Letterman. The producer and writer also worked on shows like Unhappily Ever After, The Good Life, Hardball, and Married With Children.
Curran is survived by his children, a son and daughter.
Created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons made its debut in December 1989. The show is currently on its 28th season and contains over 600 episodes. It is the longest-running Ameircan sitcom and animated series to ever air on cable television. Since it's creation, the show has become known for its satirical humor, distinctive artwork, and authorative commentary on all things pop culture.
Rest in peace, Kevin.