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Emmy-winning producer for The Simpsons dies

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LOS ANGELES -- Don Payne, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons who also wrote the hit movie Thor, has died. He was 48.

His friend and former writing partner, John Frink, tells the Los Angeles Times that Payne had bone cancer and died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home.

Payne shared four Emmys won by The Simpsons.

He also wrote the 2006 Uma Thurman comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 30, 2013 G2

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