Simpsons Creator, Poker Player Sam Simon has Terminal Cancer
Both the poker and entertainment world received some sad news recently when The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon revealed that he has terminal colon cancer. At this point, the cancer has spread so much that doctors have given Simon just months to live.
Earlier in the week, he revealed this terrible news to Jon Leiberman on Leiberman: Live at 5. Simon, who has $358,655 in poker tournament winnings, told Leiberman that he was first diagnosed with the cancer in 2012. Simon stated:
The diagnosis was, I was feeling bad for a couple years, and I was diagnosing myself from television talk shows, so I was taking antidepressants and I was trying to get my testosterone levels up. But then it turned out my primary cancer was colon cancer that had spread to my liver, kidneys, abdominal connective tissues and my lymph system and maybe my brain. They’re not sure about that.
Simon went on to discuss how he received the sad diagnosis right before he was to go on a sailing excursion to help stop illegal Japanese whalers. He then decided to withdraw from the trip, which still haunts the famed Simpsons producer today. Simon said, “I’ve had the greatest life in the world. So, when it comes to talking about disappointments, they’re very high-end disappointments, and there’s not many of them, but this (not going to stop the whalers) would be the biggest one.”
It’s unlikely that we’ll see Sam Simon on the felt again since he only has a few months left. But it is worth mentioning that Simon’s definitely one of the better celebrity poker players of all-time. He’s cashed in a large number of tournaments dating back to 1995, which helped him accumulate almost $359k in winnings. Simon also briefly ran a poker-themed TV show called Sam’s Game on the Playboy Channel; the program featured Sam playing poker with various B and C-list celebrities like Artie Lange, Norm MacDonald, Jennifer Tilly and Brande Roderick.