Actress Marcia Wallace, who is known to millions as the voice of school teacher Edna Krabappel in the animated series "The Simpsons," has died at the age of 70.
In an official statement, "The Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean says: "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."
Jean had previously teased that the producers intended to kill off a key character on the series in the near future, and he confirms that Ms. Krabappel is not that character, and Wallace's passing is unrelated.
Wallace won an Emmy Award for her voice work on the show. She was also famous for the key role of wise-cracking, independent receptionist Carol Kester on the 1970s comedy "The Bob Newhart Show". In her career she appeared on countless TV series from "Bewitched" and "The Brady Bunch" to "Murder, She Wrote" and "Full House".