Kevin Curran, longtime writer for The Simpsons, dead at 59

A comedy writer and producer who spent 15 years on The Simpsons has died in Los Angeles after a long illness. Kevin Curran was 59.

Spokeswoman Antonia Coffman says Curran died Tuesday.

Harvard-educated Curran joined The Simpsons in 2001 and in recent years had been co-executive producer. Episodes he wrote included 2005’s “Don’t Fear the Roofer” and 2014’s “The Winter of His Content.”

He won three Emmy Awards for The Simpsons and in 2010 was nominated for a Humanitas award for his episode “The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed.”

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

In the 1980s he was on the writing team of Late Night with David Letterman, where he pitched and wrote the show’s first Top Ten list and he shared in three Emmys.

He also wrote for Married … With Children, for which he also served as the uncredited voice of Buck the Dog.

Curran was in a previous relationship with Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding. His survivors include their two children, Romy and Dashiell.

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