Marc Wilmore, a writer of the acclaimed family TV series The Simpsons has died aged 57 after contracting coronavirus while struggling with underlying health complications.

Heartbreaking News

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by his brother and fellow showrunner in a statement posted on social media.

’My sweet, sweet brother, Marc Edward Wilmore, passed away last night while battling COVID-19 and other conditions that have had him in pain for many years,’ he wrote.

Continuing, he wrote: My brother was the kindest, gentlest, funniest, lion of an angel I’ve ever known. I love you, little brother.’

Marc joined The Simpsons’ writing staff in the show’s 13th season and received his first credit for the segment Send in the Clones in Treehouse of Horror XIII.

Marc Wilmore won an Emmy for the outstanding animated program as a producer for the episode Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind in 2008.

In addition to writing for The Simpsons, Wilmore also had roles in the production of In Living Color, F is For Family, and The PJs.

Tributes Pouring In

Tributes have continued to pour in for Marc Wilmore after news of his death broke. Michael Price, a fellow Simpsons writer wrote this about him:

“Another giant talent taken too soon. I had the privilege to work alongside Marc Wilmore on 3 shows (PJs, Simpsons, FIFF) for the best part of the last 23 years, and he was THE funniest person in every room.

And a wonderful man. He is irreplaceable. Rest In Peace, my friend.”

Producer of series F is For Family Henry Gammil has also registered his sadness at the passing of Marc Wilmore, describing him as his favorite and expressing his admiration for Wilmore.

“I’m devastated by the loss of Marc Wilmore,” he stated.

“Marc was my favorite—I hung onto his every word. He was empathetic beyond measure, not to mention the funniest one in the room every damn time.

“Warm, genuine, uniquely funny—that was Marc. I love him. It was a joy to be his friend.”