Voice of The Simpsons' Mrs. Krabappel dead at 70
Marcia Wallace, the voice of teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons has died at age 70.
In a statement, Al Jean, executive producer of the long-running animated series says:
"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."
Jean goes on to call Wallace's death "a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her".
Wallace won an Emmy for the playing the jaded Mrs. Krabappel in 1992.
Simpsons producers recently revealed a character on the show would be killed off and that the actor who voiced that character had won an Emmy doing it. Jean said Saturday Edna Krabappel isn't that character.
TMZ reports Marcia Wallace, a breast cancer survivor had been ill for months and died Friday with family at her side.
Wallace also gained fame in the 1970s as wise-cracking receptionist Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show.