Jim Burns, co-creator of MTV Unplugged, dies after being hit by taxi

Founder of the hitting music present from the 90 s dies three days after he was struck on Fifth Avenue in New York

The co-creator of MTV’s Unplugged has died after he was struck by a taxi while crossing Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Jim Burns was struck by the taxi on Saturday. Police said the vehicle turned onto the avenue and accidentally struck the 65 -year-old who had been walking with his seeing-eye puppy near his Upper East Side home. Burns had vision problems, police said.

Burns suffered a serious head injury and died on Tuesday. The taxi driver remained at the scene; police still were investigating but said it did not appear to be criminal.

An MTV spokeswoman said the network was profoundly saddened to learn of the death.

Burns co-created MTV Unplugged with Robert Small. The wildly popular reveal 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 an intimate venue performing stripped-down versions of their songs.

A statement from MTV said the groundbreaking work to be undertaken by Burns” continues to resonate with audiences around the world “.


MTV was deeply saddened to learn of Jim Burns’ passing. 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. https :// t.co/ Ha5u1wf9Ki

December 27, 2017

According to Billboard, Clapton’s Unplugged album sold 7.7 m copies after its 1992 debut, the most-ever for the series. Nirvana sold 5.1 m copies when it debuted in November 1994 at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was the band’s first album after Kurt Cobain’s suicide in April 1994.

The music series returned to the air this year, with performances from places around the country that hold entailing for the artist performing. It premiered in September with Shawn Mendes.

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