Joanne Rogers, widow of famed children’s television host Fred Rogers, has died at the age of 92, her late husband, newly formed on Thursday.
The date and cause of death have not been reported.
Joanne Rogers was married to Fred Rogers for over 50 years until his death in 2003 of stomach cancer. She later became chairman of Fred Rogers Productions, the company said Thursday.
“Joanne is a great and successful musician, a great art advocate and a dear friend of everyone in our organization,” said Fred Rogers Productions. “We offer our deepest condolences to Joanne’s family and the thousands of people who have been privileged to know and love her.”;
The couple met while Fred Rogers was attending Rollins College in Florida and remained in touch after he moved to New York City to work as an assistant producer. Joanne Rogers told NBC News ‘Today’ program in 2018 that her husband suggested in a letter while she was at Florida State University last year.
They have two children, James and John.
Joanne Rogers becomes her husband’s legacy defender as the beloved host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” finally releasing his life to commemorate the 2018 documentary “Will You Be My Neighbor?” “
She told the Los Angeles Times her greatest request to the filmmakers was that her husband was not met as a saint. But as a normal man who made him known with the simplicity of mercy.
“Now he is there as someone who is superior to all of us,” said Joanne Rogers. “People always say ‘Hmm, I can’t do that. But I admire him. I love to do it. ‘You can, I believe there’s a lot of Fred Rogers out there.’
Tom Hanks was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing Fred Rogers in the 2019 biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Pittsburgh, home of the “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and where Fred Rogers lived his entire life, tweeted Thursday that Joanne Rogers was “one of Pittsburgh’s greatest neighbors.”
“Joanne & Fred changed our city forever.”
Following the death of Fred Rogers in February 2003, his widow told Pittsburgh’s “NightTalk” that he had been in pain for months. Joanne Rogers said she had told her husband when the time came. Must release
“So I was truly relieved when I was able to say to him: ‘You know we’re going to be okay, we’re going to be fine,’ she told the show. ” So when he went, I could feel that he went calmly and despite being happy, I felt that he was really happy. ”