The Simpsons writer, Marc Wilmore has died at the age of 57, after he contracted coronavirus while battling other health issues.
His brother and fellow showrunner Larry Wilmore confirmed the news in a statement posted on social media this morning, Monday, February 1.
“My sweet sweet brother, Marc Edward Wilmore, passed away last night while battling COVID and other conditions that have had him in pain for many years,” said Larry Wilmore.
“My brother was the kindest, gentlest, funniest, lion of an angel I’ve ever known. I love you little brother.” He added.
Actor David Alan Grier said in response to Larry Wilmore’s heartfelt tribute: “My heart goes out you Larry.
“I remember fondly sitting your offices back in ILC pitching ideas back and forth. Mark was the funniest, sweetest guy ever! May he Rest In Peace.”
Marc Wilmore had been part of the iconic show since its 13th season, and in 2008 won an Emmy as producer for Outstanding Animated Programme for the episode Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind.
Fellow Simpsons writer Michael Price said in tribute to his friend: “Another giant talent taken too soon. I had the privilege to work alongside Marc Wilmore on 3 shows (PJs, Simpsons, FIFF) for the better part of the last 23 years and he was THE funniest person in every room. And a wonderful man. He is irreplaceable. Rest In Peace, my friend.”