Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rodgers, known as Mr. Rogers of TV, has passed away.She was 92.
Foundation spokesperson McFeely-Rogers Co-founded by Fred Rogers confirmed to Fox News she died Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Thursday at her Pittsburgh home.
The cause of death is “On the heart,” said the spokesperson.
Fred Rogers Productions also announced Joanne’s Twitter submission.
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“Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers,”; the producer said in a statement. “Fred Rogers’ beloved partner for more than 50 years, she remained committed to supporting children and families after his death as Chairman of the Fred Rogers Productions Committee.
In a follow-up message, the company praised Joanne as “a great and successful musician, a great advocate of art and a dear friend of everyone in our organization.”
“We offer our deepest condolences to Joanne’s family and the thousands of people who have had the privilege of knowing and loving her,” the production company said.
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Born Sara Joanne Byrd, the musician was a classically trained pianist, according to a Fox News biopic.
She met Fred Rogers while attending Rollins College in Florida and married him in 1952.The couple remained married until their death in 2003 and have two sons together: James Rogers. And John Rogers, according to Biography.com
After working at Rollins, Rogers earned her master’s degree in music at Florida State University and taught at Chatham College Preparatory School and Carlow College.
She also She also participated in Fred Rogers’ first PBS / WQED show ‘The Children’s Corner’, according to her bio.
Additionally, IMDb stated that she appeared in several episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the 2018 documentary “Will You Be My Neighbor?” And she was cast as Tom Hanks starring in the film. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood “
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The city of Pittsburgh, which produced “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” also issued a commemorative statement.
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“One of # Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbors, Joanne & Fred changed our city forever,” the city wrote on Twitter. @FredRogersPro, @wqed, our children and our community. “