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Joanne Rogers, Widow of Fred Rogers and Acclaimed Pianist, Dies at 92

Joanne Rogers, Widow of Fred Rogers and Acclaimed Pianist, Dies at 92

Joanne Rogers, widow of legendary “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” TV host Fred Rogers, has died at 92.

Her late husband’s company, Fred Rogers Productions, announced the news on Thursday. “Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers,” the statement read. “The loving partner of Fred Rogers for more than 50 years, she continued their shared commitment to supporting children and families after his death as chair of the board of Fred Rogers Productions.”

Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for 50 years, until Fred Rogers died in 2003 of stomach cancer at age 74. Following his death, Joanne Rogers became the primary stewards of her late husband’s legacy, including making a cameo in the 2019 film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which starred Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers.

In her early career, Joanne Rogers traveled across the country as a classically trained concert pianist and performed as a duo with pianist and friend Jeannine Morrison.

See full article on Variety