This was posted on The Simpsons FB page a few minutes ago:
Statement from executive producer Al Jean, on behalf of The Simpsons:
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.
I wonder if Mrs Krabappel will die from * cancer this season?
Pretty big plot spoiler I'd say.
Edit- The word "*" will only post as an asterisk. Whats EA got against the human anatomy anyway?
Edit Two- I wonder about EA's thoughts on the male anatomy. Lets try; *!
Don't want them to kill mrs krabappel off why cart they replace her. She got so many new story lines with Ned to come
It doesn't make sense for them to retire Edna. They could easily give the voice duties to Tress MacNielle instead.
They retired Lunchlady Doris in 1997 after the death of Doris Grau (her voice actress). Only to bring the character back out of retirement in 2006 & now she's voiced by Tress MacNielle
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