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Fred Rogers, Dies at 74

Pittsburgh-AP -- Fred Rogers had said he never thought of himself as a T-V star -- just a neighbor who comes for a visit.

The long-time host of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" has died of cancer. He was 74.

In interviews with The Associated Press, Rogers said the greatest gift people can give to others is their "honest self."

Although known for his calm and polite manner, Rogers said, "of course I get angry. Of course, I get sad."

But he said it's important to give children a way of expressing those feelings without hurting themselves or anyone else.

He said it's also important to understand that "somebody who rubs you the wrong way has been rubbed the wrong way many times."

Rogers told the A-P his heroes are people who help others and the community, saying, "we live in a world in which we need to share responsibility."

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