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Joanne Rogers, widow of Fred "Mister" Rogers, dies at 92

Joanne Rogers, Franco Harris
Posted at 3:19 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 23:31:48-05

The widow of television icon Fred "Mister" Rogers, Joanne Rogers, has died. She was 92.

Fred Rogers Productions announced her passing on Twitter Thursday.

"Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers," the production company said. "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."

David Newell, who portrayed Mr. McFeely on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," confirmed Joanne's passing to WTAE.

Joanne and Fred were married for more than 50 years before Fred died of cancer in 2003.

Fred was the host of the public television show "``Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood″ for more than 30 years.

"Joanne was a brilliant and accomplished musician, a wonderful advocate for the arts, and a dear friend to everyone in our organization," the production company said. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joanne’s family and the thousands of people who had the privilege of knowing and loving her."