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"The Simpsons" Writer-Producer Don Payne Dies

8:58 AM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
Writer Don Payne arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' and Marvel's 'Thor' held at the El Capitan Theatre on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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."

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