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'Thor', 'The Simpsons' writer Don Payne dies

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Screenwriter Don Payne has died, it has been announced.

Payne is best known for writing several episodes of The Simpsons and co-writing the screenplay to Thor and its upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World.

Don Payne pictured with Dennis Haysbert at the 2004 Writers Guild Awards in Hollywood

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Don Payne at the 2004 Writers Guild Awards



Details of his death have yet to be released.

Thor stars Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander tweeted about Payne's death today (March 27).

Don Payne won four Emmy Awards for his work on The Simpsons. He wrote 16 episodes of the Fox animation, serving as a consulting producer for 100 episodes.

He also wrote the screenplays for Uma Thurman comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and the upcoming Maximum Ride.

Payne had worked on several TV sitcoms in the 1990s, including Hope & Gloria, Pride & Joy, Can't Hurry Love, Men Behaving Badly, Veronica's Closet and The Brian Benben Show.

For many years, he worked with fellow screenwriter John Frink.

Dennings described Payne as "a wonderful, beautiful man", adding: "I am lucky to have known you. You are so missed."

Alexander wrote: "My heart is broken. You were a wonderful funny man who helped change my life and I will always love you. The world is less today. Don, may you rest in peace and may peace and love be with your family. You are in my heart always."

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