Marcia Wallace, who provided the voice for teacher Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons," died Friday, just one week shy of her 71st birthday.
Al Jean, executive producer of "The Simpsons," said in a statement Saturday that Miss Wallace's "irreplaceable character" would be retired from the show, The Associated Press reported.
"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," Mr. Jean said. It's "a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her."
The statement did not provide a cause of death.
Miss Wallace won a prime-time Emmy award in 1992 for her voice-over performance on "The Simpsons" and was nominated for an 1994 Emmy for her work as a secretary on "Murphy Brown." She also played the wisecracking receptionist Carol Kester on "The Bob Newhart Show" from 1972 to 1978.
On "The Simpsons," Edna Krabappel would smoke cigarettes, make sarcastic comments and eventually find love with Ned Flanders after fans voted online at the end of Season 22 to keep the couple together, the AP reported.
"[Miss Wallace] was just a warm and wonderful person," Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders on the show, told the AP.
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