“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean says in a statement. “She was beloved by all at ‘The Simpsons’ and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
On “The Simpsons,” Wallace voiced 4th-grade teacher Edna Krabappel, and before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on “The Bob Newhart Show.” A breast cancer survivor for 28 years, Wallace died with her family by her side after battling a lengthy illness, her caretaker tells TMZ.
While there is an upcoming onscreen death of one veteran “Simpsons” character, the mysterious identity of that character remains a secret as Jean reveals Edna was never intended to be the one eliminated. “Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away,” Jean says. “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.”