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Joanne Rogers, the widow of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” host Fred Rogers, died Thursday at age 92.
Her death was announced by the producer of her late husband on Twitter.
“Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers. The loving partner of Fred Rogers for more than 50 years, continued her shared commitment to supporting children and families after her death as chair of the board of Fred Rogers Productions, ”the company wrote.
“Joanne was a brilliant and accomplished musician, a wonderful advocate for the arts, and a dear friend to everyone in our organization. We extend our condolences to Joanne’s family and the thousands of people who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. ”
Her beloved husband, who hosted the children’s show from 1968 to 2001, died in 2003 at age 74. The couple married in 1952.
The city of Pittsburgh, where the show was filmed, also greeted Joanne in a tweet, calling her one of the city’s “favorite neighbors” and acknowledging that the duo “forever changed our city.”
After her death, Joanne continued to promote the legacy of her late husband, who was portrayed in a charming 2019 biopic, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks. She said her entertaining husband would have appreciated the film and told Page Six at a screening: “I think he really would have loved it, wouldn’t he?”
The couple were especially close, and Joanne once said that Fred’s charms sometimes manifested themselves in peculiar ways. She said that when they attended less than exciting events together, he would make her smile by farting in front of her. “He would just lift one cheek and look at me and smile,” she said, laughing, during an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2019.
The couple are survived by two sons, James and John, as well as two grandchildren, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.