Jim Burns, the co-creator of one of MTV’s most revolutionary programs, MTV Unplugged, was tragically killed after being struck by a taxi in New York City. The accident took place on Dec 23, Burns, 65, suffered serious head trauma, and passed away three days later on Dec. 26.
Various news sources reported that the Burns was accidentally struck while crossing Fifth Avenue in Manhattan near his home on the Upper East Side. The taxi driver remained at the scene and police believe the incident did not appear to be criminal.
MTV posted the following on Twitter: “MTV was deeply saddened to learn of Jim Burns’ passing. As co-creator of the beloved Unplugged franchise, his ground-breaking work continues to resonate with audiences around the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”
During its successful run in the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s, “Unplugged” became a fruitful and iconic symbol of the MTV franchise. Performances included artists as diverse as RATT, Elton John and Nirvana. The series hit its peak with Nirvana arguably playing the definitive set in 1993, resulting in their album, ‘MTV Unplugged in New York‘ which would go on to sell over five million copies and earn them a Grammy Award.
Eric Clapton achieved his greatest success with his 1992 ‘Unplugged’ album, also the biggest-selling album from the series – 7.7 million copies sold, and six Grammys for Clapton in 1993.
Condolences to Mr Jim Burns and his family.