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The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon dies aged 59

The co-creator of the the US hit animated show, The Simpsons, has died at the age of 59.

Sam Simon had been battling colon cancer, his agent said on Monday.

Simon won seven Emmy awards for his work as a writer, director and executive producer for the longest-running sitcom on American television.

Alistair Leithead reports.

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