'The Simpsons' voice actress Marcia Wallace dies aged 70
Wallace provided the voice of Edna Krabappel on the hit animated series
Wallace, who provided the voice of Bart Simpson's school teacher, Edna Krabappel, died on Friday (October 25). According to Entertainment Weekly, Wallace had been gravely ill, but the cause of death has yet to be reported.
Joining the cast in 1990, as the hard-bitten teacher with an iconic laugh, Wallace went on to have great success with the character and picked up an Emmy for outstanding voice actress in 1992. Krabappel was also a firm favourite with fans of the show across the world.
Outside of her work in The Simpsons, Wallace was a campaigner and fundraiser for breast cancer charities in the US, following her own battle with the disease in 1985. She also wrote about her illness in her 2004 autobiography, Don't Look Back, We're Not Going That Way.
Speaking about her passing, Simpsons producer Al Jean said: "I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character."
Last month, it was revealed that the hit animated show had plans to kill off a major character in the next series, but Jean has said that storyline was not intended for Edna Krabappel. He said: "Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away. This was not Marcia’s Edna Krabappel. Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her."