'The Simpsons' writer Don Payne dies

'The Simpsons' writer Don Payne dies

Don Payne, the author behind hit TV series 'The Simpsons', has died after battling bone cancer. He was 48.

The four-time Emmy-winning writer, a self-professed "comic book geek",  co-wrote the script for 'Thor'.

He was behind the scripts for 'My Super Ex-Girlfriend', starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson, 'Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer' and upcoming film 'Maximum Ride'.

Payne started on 'The Simpsons' in 1998 and wrote more than a dozen episodes of the long-running Fox series and served as a consulting producer on 100, the Hollywood Reporter said.

"Don was a wonderful writer and an even more wonderful man," showrunner Al Jean said. "He was beloved in the Simpsons community, and his untimely passing is terrible news to us all. I know he is up with Thor now looking down at us and smiling."
Payne is survived by his wife Julie and three children.

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