One of the co-creators of the MTV music showcase “Unplugged” died after being hit by a taxi while he was out walking his dog in New York.
“Jim Burns was walking the dog on Saturday morning when he was struck by a cab making a turn onto Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, police said. Burns, 65, suffered a serious head injury and died from his injuries on Tuesday,” the AP reports.
Police were investigating the incident.
Burns created “MTV Unplugged” with Robert Small.
In a statement, MTV said: “As co-creator of the beloved ‘Unplugged’ franchise, his groundbreaking work continues to resonate with audiences around the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”
Small is quoted by The New York Post saying of Burns: “He was a terrific human being. He could make fun of people without making them feel bad. He just had a knack for making people happy.”
The AP notes: “The wildly popular ‘Unplugged’ debuted in 1989 at the height of MTV’s musical and cultural influence in America. It features artists such as Nirvana, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and Bob Dylan in intimate venues performing stripped-down versions of their songs.”
Burns’ dog, Jules, reportedly was not injured, and was being looked after by a neighbor.