Sad news, everybody.
Kevin Curran, a long-time writer and producer of #TheSimpsons, as well as a prominent figure in the late '80s and early '90s television scene, has passed away, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Curran, who began his comedy career back in the 1970s as editor of the Harvard Lampoon, and subsequently as a writer for the National Lampoon itself, will likely still be best remembered for his work on the world's most iconic animated series. Prior to his arrival on The Simpsons, he also played a key role in the development of several classic comedies, and one of late night's most important shows. He wrote the very first "top ten list" for #DavidLetterman ("The Top 10 Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas"), as well as writing numerous episodes of Fox's beloved Married With Children.
Heck, his involvement on that show was so central that he even appeared as a human version of Buck the Dog on one sixth season episode, "Psychic Avengers," as well as voicing the character in multiple other appearances.
Inevitably though, it's moments from The Simpsons that spring most readily to mind when recalling Curran's starry career, and while his tenure as a writer and producer may have arrived after the show's golden years (he began working on the show in 2000), he was still responsible for some classic moments. Fondly recall Principal Skinner dressing up as Catwoman?
That was from a Curran-penned episode ("My Big Fat Geek Wedding"), as was the fan-favorite Ribwich...
...one of the few later-season Simpsons gags to make its way into the broader popular culture, after appearing in 2003's "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can."
Ultimately though, it's impossible to mark the measure of Curran's life by simply recalling great gags or career milestones. He was a father, and a son, and a partner, and his passing will have left a chasm in the lives of those who knew him, as all tragically young deaths cannot help but do.
He was 59, and will be missed by all who knew him, and many, many others besides.
Rest in peace, Kevin.