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OTRC: Don Payne, writer and producer for 'The Simpsons,' dies at 48

Characters from 'The Simpsons' appear in a 2009 promotional photo. (FOX)

Don Payne, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for "The Simpsons" who also co-wrote "Thor," died at the age of 48 on Wednesday, March 27.

John Frink, Payne's friend and former writing partner, confirmed Payne's death to the Los Angeles Times. Payne had bone cancer and died at his Los Angeles home, according to the newspaper.

Payne shared four Emmys won by "The Simpsons" and two episodes of the series that he wrote will air in the fall, including a Christmas episode called "White Christmas Blues."

The writer and producer first made his transition to the big screen with the 2006 major motion picture "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" with Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson. He also co-wrote 2007's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."

Payne also wrote for shows like "Veronica's Closet" "Men Behaving Badly" and "Can't Hurry Love."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Payne is survived by his wife, Julie; their two sons; their daughter; his mother Barbara Payne; a brother named John Payne and a sister named Suzanne Fanning.

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