, the acclaimed television actress who was widely known for her role as Edna Krabappel on the animated sitcom The Simpsons, has passed away last Friday at the age of 70.
No cause of death was provided, although Mrs. Wallace was a noted breast cancer survivor (which she was diagnosed with in 1985). Some reports indicate it might have been a pneumonia-related death.
, executive producer of the satirical animated show, stated in reaction to the tragic news:
I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.
With the recent official news that a character from the show will die in next season's permiere, Jean clarified that Ms. Krapabbel, a cynical fourth-grade teacher at Springfield Elementary, was not the one they intended to kill off. The producers had previously hinted that the actor portraying the doomed character has won an Emmy Award for their voice acting in The Simpsons. Marcia Wallace fitted that profile, since she landed the coveted Emmy in 1993.
We will all no doubt miss good ol' Edna on the show, and her hilarious dalliances with Principal Skinner, her constant feud with arch-nemesis Bart Simpson and her cigarette-smoke-laced, cynical running commentary on life.
Condolences to all friends and family of Mrs. Wallace.