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Fred Rogers died last night and I am saddened.

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February 27, 2003

Fred Rogers, 1928-2003

Pittsburgh, PA - Fred Rogers, beloved host of the PBS children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, died today at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after a brief battle with stomach cancer. He was 74 years old.

During his career of service to children and their families, Rogers was the recipient of two Peabody Awards, four Emmys, a "Lifetime Achievement" Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A library of 900 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood episodes will continue to be available for broadcast on PBS stations around the country. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is the longest-running program on public television.

Fred Rogers is survived by his wife Joanne Rogers, their two sons, and two grandsons. Information on funeral arrangements and memorial services will be announced.