We are sad to report that Emmy Award-winning actress Marcia Wallace passed away this weekend. Wallace is best known for her role on the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and, more recently, her voice as crude elementary school teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons. Wallace passed away on October 25 due to pneumonia complications. She had previously battled with breast cancer in the 80s and became a cancer awareness activist. She was 70 years old. She is survived by son Michael Wallace Hawley.
Various cast members tweeted out their respects for the unique and talented actress. Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, tweeted, “Heaven is now a much funnier place b/c of you, Marcia.” Simpsons showrunner Al Jean in a press release said, “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace.” It was announced that the show’s staff will retire Mrs. Krabappel, stating that Wallace was “irreplaceable.” It has not been announced how they will write the teacher out of the show.
It was earlier reported that the staff planned to kill off a crucial character in 2014, but Jeans said it was not Mrs. Krabappel and that the death is unrelated. So far, plans to pursue that storyline will continue.