Bart Simpson paid a touching tribute to his former adversary Edna Krabappel in his regular 'chalkboard gag' in this weekend's episode of 'The Simpsons'.
70-year-old Marcia Wallace, the Emmy award-winning actress who had voiced Bart's teacher for 177 episodes of the series, died following complications from pneumonia last week.
At the opening of the episode, Bart, with a heart-broken look on his face, pens the message 'We'll really miss you Mrs. K'.
Wallace will still be heard on the show for sometime yet, however, as she had recorded enough episodes in advance to last a year.
On news of her death, show producer Al Jean said: “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.”
He has also been quick to squash rumours that Mrs Krabappel's character was the one set to be killed off later this year, as announced some weeks ago.
“Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away. This was not Marcia's Edna Krabappel,” he said.
“Marcia's passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”
Wallace was among the longest-running cast-members on the show.
She won a Primetime Emmy for her part in the poignant episode 'Bart The Lover' in 1992, when Bart takes revenge against his detention by replying to her advert in the newspaper's lonely hearts section pretending to be an older man called Woodrow. [Daily Mail/Hollywood Reporter]
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