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Burbank Mayor Will Rogers Dies Aged 60

In a statement, the city of Burbank said Mayor Will Rogers will be remembered for his quick wit, unrelenting honesty, positive attitude, unpretentious demeanor and unyielding love for the city of Burbank.

Burbank Mayor Will Rogers, who continued his work for the city despite battling liver cancer, died on Thursday at age 60.

Rogers was elected to the City Council in 2015 and chosen mayor in May 2017.

He announced in September 2017 that he was battling stage four liver cancer, but he continued serving on the council and appearing at public events until as recently as a week before his passing.

An actor and writer, Rogers appeared in a commercial when he was 15 years old, but he maintained a "backup career" as a journalist and writer.

The Wisconsin native moved to the Los Angeles area in 1979, and by 1990, he was writing regular columns that appeared in the Times Community Newspapers, earning him prizes from the Los Angeles Press Club and California Newspaper Publishers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Nancie; daughter, Sarah; and son, Stephen.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger reacted to his death, saying Rogers "will be deeply missed."

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