Deadline is reporting that screenwriter Don Payne passed away last night. Payne is most known for writing several episodes of "The Simpsons" along with the screenplays for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Thor, and its upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World.
Payne graduated from UCLA with a Masters degree in screenwriting and wrote for several different sitcoms in the '90s. He began working for "The Simpsons" in the year 2000 and wrote sixteen episodes of the series, some of which were nominated for Writers Guild of America awards. His other feature credits include My Super Ex-Girlfriend and the upcoming Maximum Ride.
No details are known about the circumstances of his passing, but we do offer our deepest condolences for his family and friends.