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TV's Mr. Rogers Dead of Cancer at 74

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TV's Mr. Rogers Dead of Cancer at 74

 

 

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Fred Rogers, who became a nurturing television friend to millions of children as host of the public television program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," died of cancer on Thursday at 74, his producer said.

 

An ordained Presbyterian minister who believed the television airwaves should be used to enhance the human spirit, Rogers died at his home in Pittsburgh. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

 

 

Rogers, who began his career in children's television doing puppet voices for a local show on PBS affiliate WQED in Pittsburgh, became a national personality in 1968 when "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" became available to PBS stations across the country.

 

Each episode opened with the gentle Mr. Rogers entering a comfortable living room, singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" and donning a cardigan sweater and pair of comfortable shoes.

 

One of the red sweaters is now at the Smithsonian Institution.

 

The show was quickly embraced by both children and parents for an imaginative but simple approach that came with his own songs and puppet voices, and the ongoing message: "There's only one person in the whole world like you."

 

It became the longest running children's program on public television. He taped his last program in December 2000. The final episode aired in August 2001, but earlier program continues to run on PBS.

 

Rogers also tackled important subjects for children, including death and violence on television, including the TV news.

 

During the Gulf crisis a decade ago, he made a public service announcement that told parents: "Children aren't responsible for wars. The least, and the best, we adults can do is to let our children know that we'll take good care of them, no matter what."

 

Characteristically, the Web site of his production company Family Entertainment Inc. announced his death with advice on how to relay the sad news to children who will continue to see him on television.

 

"Children have always known Mr. Rogers as their 'television friend,' and that relationship doesn't change with his death," the message said.

 

Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, he studied early child development at the University of Pittsburgh and received a charge to continue his work with families and children through television when he was ordained a minister.

 

Rogers is survived by his wife, Joanne, their two sons and two grandsons.

 

 

 

02/27/03 06:51

 

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Guest willy.wonka

RIP mr Rogers..i always liked that little red box car

 

man, im getting old.

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RIP

 

man, thats nuts. i used to see him randomly on cable....blast of nostalgia like whoah.

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Mr. Rogers was not "cool"

 

But he was a wonderful, gentle man, and definately knew the value of consistant, principled, moral behavior. The kids are going to see years of Mr. Rogers re-runs, they probably won't know he's gone. But we will. Bummer.

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Guest YinzerXpress
Originally posted by superunknown

i remeber when i used to skip school in my high school days , every now and again , we'd run into him outside of the WQED studio... oh well i guess no one is immrotal anymore.

 

no doubt.... civic is prolly crying, he worked on his car.....

 

RIP

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:(

 

No fucking way.... :(.

 

 

RIP Mr. Rogers, I'm gonna be bummed all day over this shit.

Please believe I watched that stuff when I was a kid and sang that

intro song too.

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This blows.. Mr Rogers was not supposed to ever die.

 

 

RIP :(

 

 

 

 

 

boomerang toomerang soomerang

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man, he kept me from killing people!

 

 

he was such a nice person.

and i also enjoyed those parts in his show when he went to those factorys...

 

rip mr rogers.:(

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Guest WebsterUno

*believe*

 

Im a sad alien this week...

My condolances to Mr. Rogers family,

and to the rest of the world that grew

up on him. I just loost someone very

dear to me this week from cancer...

check my post.

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ive got a couple buddys that are retired army guys, they told me mr. rogers was a marines sniper and that he had the most confirmed kills in history. ive heard this multiple times, so i guess i beleive it. anyone else heard that?

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Ok this is too weird. I was channel surfing one or two days ago and came across Mr. Rogers. I watched it for a few minutes, the whole time kinda sad, thinking what a shame it was that he had passed away. But now your telling me he died today... Why the hell did I think he had already died?

 

Maybe I heard a rumor that he had died a while ago... I can't really remember hearing one though

Still, the timing on this is kinda freaking me out

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Guest uncle-boy

RIP

 

i loved when he'd go to factories, and you got to see how things were made, like pretzels or crayons.

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RIP

 

that sucks the dude die... i remember watching his show when i was younger

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Guest ctrl+alt+del

rip mr. rogers

 

a good man indeed.

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