TV world pays tribute to The Simpsons writer and producer Kevin Curran

Comedy writer and producer Kevin Curran who spent 15 years working on The Simpsons, has died after a long illness. The Emmy award-winner, who was also part of the writing team for the Late Night With Letterman talk show, passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 59. Among those to pay tribute was The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean, who wrote on Twitter: “V v sad at the passing of Kevin Curran brilliantly funny and true friend.”

He worked with me at the old Letterman show, a millionyears ago. He was sweet, original and hilarious. Very sad to hear he is gone

Letterman co-creator Merrill Markoe

Curran joined the The Simpsons in 2001 and in recent years had been co-executive producer. He won three Emmy awards for his work on the show and was nominated for a Humanitas award for his episode The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed in 2010. Curran also wrote for Married … With Children, a US sitcom featuring the fictional dysfunctional family, The Bundys, for which he also provided the voice of Buck the Dog. He is survived by a son and a daughter by his former partner, author Helen Fielding, creator of Bridget Jones.

Kevin Curran was a sweet, brilliant man who said many hilarious things, some unprintable, others which will live forever in a children’s cartoon

Simpsons producer Al Jean