Animal House producer and National Lampoon co-founder Matty Simmons dies at 93

Animal House producer and National Lampoon co-founder Matty Simmons dies at 93

By Deirdre Simonds For Dailymail.com

Published: 05:44 BST, 2 May 2020 | Updated: 05:44 BST, 2 May 2020

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Matty Simmons, the producer of the popular Vacation series and Animal House, has died at 93 from natural causes.

The legendary movie producer's daughter Kate Simmons confirmed the news in a heartfelt Instagram tribute with a snap of him sitting on a chair with his name emblazoned on the back on set.  

'Yesterday I lost my hero,' Kate Simmons wrote on Instagram on Thursday. 'My dad had gone from the sharpest, healthiest 93 year old most people have encountered to abruptly having every imaginable issue except corona.'

A legend: Matty Simmons, the co-founder of National Lampoon magazine and producer of Animal House has died at 93

A legend: Matty Simmons, the co-founder of National Lampoon magazine and producer of Animal House has died at 93

'He wrote like nine books and could finish a novel faster than I’ll probably finish this post,' she joked after praising his extensive body of work.  

She added: 'When we lost my mom a couple years ago it felt like a part of us both died. He told me early on, we’re a team now and we have to stick together. We did just that and became inseparably close. He became my best friend in the world.'  

More than a hundred fans extended their condolences on her personal account, as they reminisced on his incredible legacy and the laughter her father spread. 

Iconic: Producers Matty Simmons and Ivan Reitman on the set of the Universal Studios film Animal House in 1978

Iconic: Producers Matty Simmons and Ivan Reitman

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