Joanne Rogers, widow of famed children’s television host Fred Rogers, has died aged 92, her late husband, who was founded on Thursday.
Joanne Rogers was married to Fred Rogers for over 50 years until his death in 2003 of stomach cancer. She worked as chairman of Fred Rogers Productions after her husband’s death, the company said Thursday.
“Joanne is a great and successful musician, a great supporter of the arts and a dear friend of everyone in our organization,” said Fred Rogers Productions. We love Joanne’s family and the thousands 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, assistant producer Joanne Rogers told NBC̵7;s “Today”. In 2018 that her husband proposed in a letter while she was in Florida last year.
Fred and Joanne Rogers have two children, James and John.
Joanne Rogers becomes her husband’s legacy defender as the beloved host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” finally letting his life commemorate the 2018 documentary “You Will Be Your Neighbor”. Me or not? ”
She told the Los Angeles Times her biggest request for the documentary was her husband’s absence as a saint. But as a normal man who made his fame with the simplicity of mercy.
“Now he’s there as someone who is superior to all of us,” Joanne Rogers said. ‘I can’t do that. But I definitely admire him. I would love to do it, ‘You can do it. I believe there was a lot of Fred Rogerses out there. ”
Actor Tom Hanks played Fred Rogers in the 2019 biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The city of Pittsburgh, home to 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.”
After the death of Fred Rogers in February 2003, his widow told Pittsburgh’s “NightTalk” that he had been in pain for months. Joanne Rogers told her husband when it was time to let go.
“I was so relieved when I said to him, ‘You know we’re going to be okay, we’re going to be fine,’ she told the show. “The boys will be fine and I will try to be fine.” So when he goes, I can feel that he is going peacefully. Happy, I felt that he was really happy. “