Before he passed away on March 8, Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons, made arrangements to leave his $100-million estate to various charities he actively supported during his lifetime.
But his fortune isn’t the only thing he left behind. A friend of the late director named Tyson Kilmer tells ‘TMZ’ he’s taken in the 59-year-old’s beloved pup, Columbo, who is said to be devastated following Sam’s passing.
We're all on radio today! Sam Simon Show 6 pm et http://t.co/JHnszlJhwu bubba 1 pic.twitter.com/2DsSXviCDI— Sam Simon (@simonsam) January 16, 2015
We're all on radio today! Sam Simon Show 6 pm et http://t.co/JHnszlJhwu bubba 1 pic.twitter.com/2DsSXviCDI
During his illness, Sam asked Tyson — who is not only a close friend, but also a dog trainer — to take in the three-year-old Italian mastiff. Knowing his prognosis, the writer/producer spent a lot of time with Columbo at Tyson’s home so the transition would be easier on his furry friend.
Tyson says the pooch is adjusting well, but misses his dad. The trainer even lined Columbo’s bed with one of Sam’s favorite sweatshirts, which the dog snuggles up with to sleep.
Happy new year Columbo! pic.twitter.com/mnvVEsdQ0p— Sam Simon (@simonsam) December 31, 2014
Happy new year Columbo! pic.twitter.com/mnvVEsdQ0p
After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in late 2012, Sam passed away at his LA home from complications of the disease on March 8. He was 59.