SIMPSON animator and director Edwin Aguilar has died aged 46 after being admitted to hospital suffering a stroke.
His sad passing was confirmed on a GoFundMe page by his wife Marieke who revealed he was left with a brain bleed.
The El Salvador-born artist fled to the US in 1982 during his country's civil war and later worked on the hit show for more than two decades.
His final Simpsons episode – titled Burger Kings – aired the night after he lost his fight for life.
His death came after he was left hospitalized last week after suffering speech loss and movement difficulties, say reports.
The Los Angeles Times stated he had diabetes as well as kidneyproblems which led to heart issues.
He suffered a stroke on April 8 and died in the ICU two days later.
Marieke released a statement revealing how bleeding on his brain had become "much worse" the day he died.
She wrote: ‘"Edwin is resting peacefully as he waits to transition to the next step on his soul’s journey.
"Thank you for all of your words – I have read and played all of them.
"For those who want more details, this morning the bleeding in his brain got much worse.
"His care has been absolutely amazing, managed by my brother.
"Because of where the stroke happened and the size of the bleed, it meant 'fixing' him would essentially destroy him.
"I would not want to put him through living in a nursing home or something terrible like that. He and I have talked about all of that thankfully.
"He would fight if he felt his being here would protect Bodhi and me, Jonathon and Maya.
"But he knows that all of you will be there for us forever, that we will never be alone or left wanting for anything.
"So please wish him peace and joy for that time when he can reconnect with all the loved ones who’ve made this journey already."
Tributes from The Simpsons crew have now been posted on social media.
Simpsons director David Silverman wrote on Twitter: "A very sad so long to everybody’s great and dear friend, Edwin Aguilar.
"Everyone @TheSimpsons feels the loss of this great great artist and great great person.
"He was the kindest and strongest, and we will miss him always."
Silverman also told the LA Times: "He was extremely friendly and had a good heart.
"He had a calm understanding about him and a wicked sense of humor. When you’re picking teams, you want him on your side. He would definitely have your back."
Character designer Eric Keyes wrote: "This is going to hurt for some time. Edwin was such a lovely person."
Animation production supervisor Nikki Isordia said. "He made everyone feel at home.
"I can’t even remember being introduced to him, because I’ve just felt like I’ve known him my whole life.
"When I was feeling upset about something, I’d go to Edwin’s office, and he always knew the right thing to say."
Aguilar was born in El Carao, in El Salvador‘s San Miguel province, in 1974.
He and his brother fled the country, then embroiled in a 12-year civil war, when Edwin was 9, settling with the family in East Los Angeles.
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