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February 27, 2003

(Pittsburgh-AP) -- The man who invited millions of children to be his neighbor has died of cancer early Thursday.

Fred Rogers was 74. He had been the host of the public TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years.

Family spokesman David Newell says Rogers died at his Pittsburgh home. Newell played Mr. McFeely on the show. He says Rogers had been diagnosed with stomach cancer sometime after the holidays.

Rogers composed his own songs for the show, and started each episode in a set made to look like a living room, singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" as he donned sneakers and a zip-up cardigan.

He told kids to love themselves and others -- and to be themselves. He would also take his audience on a magical trolley ride into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where his puppet creations would interact with each other and adults.

posted at 3:55PM by dave.miller@walb.com

 

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