‘The Simpsons’ writer Kevin Curran dies, aged 59

Curran worked on the long-running animated show between 1998-2015

Kevin Curran, who served as a writer for The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman and Married…with Children, has died.

Curran, who was born in Connecticut in 1957, won six Emmys during a successful career as a writer and producer for American television.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Curran passed away on Tuesday, aged 57. He is survived by his children Dashiell and Romy, who he had with his former partner Helen Fielding, the author of the Bridget Jones novels.

Curran joined The Simpsons in 1998, serving initially as a consulting producer on the show. He co-wrote his first episode, Season 14’s Treehouse of Horror XIII, in 2002. He went on to write a number of episode for the Matt Groening-created show, and was part of the award-winning team that picked up the Outstanding Animated Program award at the 2003, 2006 and 2008 Emmys.

The Simpsons‘ executive producer and showrunner, Al Jean, said in a statement: “Kevin Curran was a sweet, brilliant man who said many hilarious things, some unprintable, others which will live forever in a children’s cartoon.”

See Jean’s further tribute in his tweet below.