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'Simpsons' star Marcia Wallace dead at 70

Marcia Wallace during TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to "The Bob Newhart Show" in Beverly Hills, Calif, Sept. 5, 2007. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mark J. Terrill, file

Emmy winning actress Marcia Wallace has died at the age of 70.

Wallace may be best known as the voice of lonely, fourth-grade teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons.

Executive producer Al Jean confirmed the news on The Simpsons Facebook page in a statement.

“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” he said. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons.”

Jean said that the voice of Edna Krabappel will not be recast, instead the show will retire the character.

Similar action was taken in 1998 when actor Phil Hartman died. Hartman voiced actor Troy McClure and incompetent lawyer Lionel Hutz on the long running show.

Wallace took home an Emmy for her work in the episode Bart the Lover in which Bart Simpson answers a personal add placed by Mrs. Krabappel as revenge for her putting him in detention.

Wallace was also known as the chatty but ditsy receptionist Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show.

She also appeared in re-occurring roles on Charles in Charge, Alf and Full House.

Jean also confirmed that a potential storyline on The Simpsons in which a character passed away was unrelated to Wallace’s death and was not to be Edna Krabappel.