Fourth grade teacher Edna Krabappel will be retired from The Simpsons, following the death of voice actress Marcia Wallace, aged 70.
"I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace," The Simpsons producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly. "She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character."
The departure of Bart's teacher is unrelated to plans to kill off a character in the current season.
"Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away. This was not Marcia’s Edna Krabappel. Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her."