The Simpsons lost a talented voice and a beloved colleague today with news that Marcia Wallace, the voice of Bart Simpsons teacher Mrs. Krabappel, has died at age 70 of unknown causes in her Los Angeles home. TMZ was the first to reports that Wallace had died and word of her death has sent waves of sadness over generations of television viewers and actors.
Al Jean, who serves as executive producer for The Simpsons issued a statement on the death of Wallace and addressed the news that the show is planning to kill off a character and how that was never supposed to be Mrs. Krabappel.
Here’s Jean’s statement, per The Hollywood Reporter:
“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. 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.”
The storyline of a character getting killed off is a sad irony this morning with news of Wallace’s passing and the show has become a second concern. Everyone who’s ever loved The Simpsons is mourning the loss of a voice that has been in our lives for over 20 years.