Kevin Curran, a longtime writer-producer on The Simpsons, died on Tuesday at the age of 59, EW has confirmed. He died at home is Los Angeles after a long illness.
“He was one of those guys that everybody loved,” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean, who met Curran at Harvard University at 1978, tells EW. “He had a great edge to his humor.”
Curran’s career on The Simpsons began in 1998 as a consulting producer. He joined the show as a supervising producer in 2001 and was eventually promoted to co-executive producer, a position he held until 2015. During his time with Fox comedy, he wrote 11 episodes, including season 14’s “I’m Spelling As Fast As I Can,” season 16’s “Don’t Fear the Roofer,” and the 2002 “The Island of Dr. Hibbert” segment in “Treehouse Horror XIII.”
Throughout his career, Curran won six Emmys, including three as a producer on The Simpsons and three as a writer for Late Night with David Letterman, where he worked from 1984 to 1989. He was also a producer on Married with Children from 1990 to 1993 and executive-produced The Good Life and Unhappily Ever After.
He is survived by his two children, Dashiell, 12, and Romy, 10, who he had with former partner Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones Diary).
Variety first reported the news.