Sam Simon, man behind TV classics like The Simpsons, died this week; his last years were spent giving away millions in royalties.
"Sam Simon, who was one of the major creative forces behind 'The Simpsons' and who left the show after its fourth season in a lucrative arrangement that allowed him to spend much of the rest of his life giving his money away, died on Sunday at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. He was 59. After Mr. Simon learned he had cancer, he announced his intention to give nearly all his 'Simpsons' royalties to charity. 'I’ve given most of it away,' he said in 2013 when asked about his wealth on the comedian Marc Maron’s podcast." -- William Yardley, the New York Times