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Edna Krabappel is dead

Bart Simpson's teacher died recently.

To be more accurate, veteran comedic actor Marcia Wallace, who voiced Edna Krabappel, is dead. She passed away recently at the age of 70.

Long-time "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean was saddened by the news and credited her with voicing an irreplaceable character. "She was beloved by all at The Simpsons," Jean said. "[It's] a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her."

Following Wallace's passing, he confirmed that they would be retiring the infamous and beloved fourth-grade teacher.

Marcia Wallace and Edna

The character of Edna Krabappel was always a fan favorite, known for her loud exclamation of "Ha," usually at the expense of others, her bad luck with men and her disdain for teaching. Recently on the show, which is continuing long past its expiration date, she found a loving relationship with Ned Flanders, following a vote by fans to keep them together.

Unfortunately for Ned, the passing of Edna means he will be a widow for a second time.

Harry Shearer, who voices Ned Flanders and a variety of other characters, said Wallace brought huge positive energy to her work.

As the show moves forward, I wonder who will become Bart's teacher? Maybe after more than two decades in the fourth grade, this will be the catalyst to move him to fifth grade.

Reporting by the Associated Press

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