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How Did Janice Burgess Die? Cause of Death Explained

Janice Burgess cause of death: How did Janice Burgess die?

Janice Burgess, the creator of the Nickelodeon show ‘The Backyardigans’ and a writer for ‘Winx Club,’ has died at the age of 72.

Fracaswell Hyman, a long-time friend who previously worked with her, confirmed on Monday that Burgess had recently died.

Who was Janice Burgess?

Janice Burgess was an American television executive, screenwriter and producer for Nickelodeon.

She created the Nick Jr. series The Backyardigans and worked as a writer and story editor for Nickelodeon’s revival of Winx Club.

Both shows were produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Burgess joined Nickelodeon in 1995 as executive-in-charge of production.

Burgess grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended The Ellis School.

Planning to become an art historian, she graduated from Brandeis University in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in art history.

Janice Burgess Cause of death: How Did Janice Burgess die?

How Did Janice Burgess Die
The animation and childrens television world is in mourning, with news that The Backyardigans creator Janice Burgess has passed away at 72

While no cause of death has been immediately revealed, her passing was confirmed by fellow animation writer Fracaswell Hyman in social media posts.

He shared an image of Burgess enjoying her time in a beach setting while revealing how he first met her back in the early 1990s.

‘I met Janice Burgess early in my career when I was head writer on Gullah Gullah Island and she was assigned to be our Executive in Charge of Production,’ he said.

He explained that the Executive in Charge of Production was basically, ‘the person the network sends to the set to make sure the money is not going to waste.’

‘Janice swept in with her acid-tongued wit, flowing Hermes scarves and omnipresent cigarettes. Instead of an overseer, she became a friend,’ he added.

‘She recognized my magic before I did and made sure I was in the room and under consideration for many of the shows that came my way including Little Bill and Tania,’ he added.

‘Janice created The Backyardigans and guided countless other shows for Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Disney and Apple TV,’ he continued.

‘Her script/story critiques were astute, clear and constructive – and I really thank her for that,’ he added.

‘Janice, Maria Perez-Brown and I developed shows together, gossiped together and oh, how we laughed! I will miss my dear friend. RIP. Oh, how we laughed…’ he concluded.

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