The co-creator of MTV Unplugged, a network fixture of the 1990s that featured some of the most iconic performances from numerous renowned artists, was killed on Saturday morning in New York City after getting struck by a taxi cab.
Jim Burns, 65, was visually impaired and relied on a seeing-eye dog to get around, the New York Daily News reported. He was crossing Fifth Ave. near his Upper East Side home when a cab that was in the process of navigating a turn collided with him.
The accident caused Burns to suffer a grievous head injury and he was rushed to the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical condition. A source close to the Burns family revealed Tuesday that he later died.
While an investigation is ongoing, authorities revealed that both Burns and the taxi driver had the right of way when the accident occurred. Burns was not inside the crosswalk at the time of the collision, however and no charges were filed.
Burns created MTV Unplugged alongside Robert Smalls in 1989. The program regularly aired on the network until 1999 and continued airing less frequently until 2009.
The show rose to prominence in the early 1990s off the backs of several incredible performances, including Eric Clapton’s 1992 show that won him six Grammys and Nirvana’s 1993 concert that is widely considered one of the grunge band’s best outings.
Other artists like Nirvana, Aerosmith, Elton John, Mariah Carey, and Alice in Chains made noteworthy appearances on MTV Unplugged, while albums featuring performances from the show went on to sell millions of copies.
MTV brought back the series again this year and featured pop singer Shawn Mendes as its first artist.