The co-creator of MTV Unplugged was struck by a taxi while crossing Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and later died. Jim Burns was struck Saturday, the AP reports. The taxi turned onto the avenue and accidentally struck the 65-year-old, who had been walking with his seeing-eye dog near his Upper East Side home, police said. (Burns had an unspecified vision problem.) Burns suffered a serious head injury and died from his injuries Tuesday. The taxi driver remained at the scene following the incident; police were still investigating. An MTV spokeswoman said the network was deeply saddened to learn of the death.
Burns co-created MTV Unplugged with Robert Small. The wildly popular show debuted in 1989 at the height of MTV's musical and cultural influence in America. It featured artists such as Nirvana, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, and Bob Dylan in an intimate venue performing stripped-down versions of their songs. "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," says a statement from MTV. The music series returned to the air this year, with performances from locations around the country that hold meaning for the artist performing. It premiered in September with Shawn Mendes.
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