Marcia Wallace, the voice of The Simpsons' Edna Krabappel who earlier played the quick-witted receptionist on The Bob Newhart Show, has died. She was 70.
"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," said Simpsons executive producer Al Jean in a statement.
Jean addressed a storyline that was previously teased about killing
off a character on the show and noted that this was not associated with
"Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character
passed away. This was not Marcia's Edna Krabappel. Marcia's passing is
unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of
knowing her," Jean wrote.
"Cheers to the hilarious, kind, fab Marcia Wallace, who has taken her
leave of us. Heaven is now a much funnier place b/c of you, Marcia," Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson, wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning.
LONDON — Veteran British journalist and broadcaster David Frost, who
won fame around the world for his TV interviews with former President
Richard Nixon, has died, his family told the BBC. He was 74.
Frost died of a
suspected heart attack Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise
ship, where he was due to give a speech, the family said. The cruise
company Cunard said its vessel left the English port of Southampton on
Saturday for a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean.
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