Jim Burns is dead, co-creator of “MTV Unplugged”: He was hit by a taxi in New York

The producer was 65 years old and died from the injuries he sustained last weekend.

Music producer Jim Burns, one of the creators of MTV Unplugged, died in New York, from the injuries he suffered after being hit by a taxi last weekend, local media reported on Wednesday.
Burns, who was 65 year-old, was seriously wounded on December 23 when a taxi knocked him down while crossing the street with a seeing-eye dog near his Upper East Side neighborhood. Burns had vision problems, according to the Daily News.

The producer was rushed to the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, but doctors couldn’t do much to save his life. According to Billboard magazine, he suffered a serious head injury and died on Tuesday.

The taxi driver, whose identity has not been made public, remained at the scene, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 87th Street, and no charges have been filed against him, according to the police who are still investigating the accident.

Burns was one of the creators, along with Robert Smalls, of “MTV Unplugged”, a musical show where artists recreate their music in an intimate venue performing stripped-down versions of their songs, the first of which was aired in 1989 with the group “Squeeze”.

It also featured international artists like Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Nirvana, and Alejandro Sanz, who was the first Spanish singer to feature on “MTV Unplugged.”


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