The Chatter

False Claims of Kinderman Passing Leads to Outpouring of Love

Beloved child entertainer John “Kinderman” Taylor is alive and accepting cards in hospice.

By Michelle Evans | July 13, 2018, 1:43 pm

John "Kinderman" Taylor performing -John Taylor
The Chatter

False Claims of Kinderman Passing Leads to Outpouring of Love

Beloved child entertainer John “Kinderman” Taylor is alive and accepting cards in hospice.

By Michelle Evans | July 13, 2018, 1:43 pm

John "Kinderman" Taylor performing -John Taylor

Memories of growing up in Baltimore in the 1990s conjure up many nostalgic thoughts, and one in particular is John “Kinderman” Taylor. He became a household name for his in-school performances, signature smile, bowler hat, red suspenders, and catchy songs like “Friends.”

After news spread on social media yesterday that Taylor had passed away, an outpouring of sorrow and love for the child entertainer flooded news feeds. In an original post from the Facebook group Straight Outta Baltimore, it was announced that the beloved performer passed away after a lengthy illness at age 82.

“Farewell my beloved Kinderman,” wrote Diana Fowlkes. “I will never forget all of the chuckles, Lolol in public, lessons you taught me, and for being my mentor and beloved friend.”

But, in fact, Taylor is still alive. His friends and family quickly jumped on Facebook to dispel those rumors.

“Dear friends, I am writing this post on behalf of our beloved friend John Taylor—known far and wide as the Kinderman,” said Linda Joy Burke on Facebook. “Some of you may have seen a post on his personal page that appeared to state that Kinderman had passed. He has not.”

In that same post, Burke explains that Taylor was diagnosed with a terminal illness last month and is currently in hospice care in Columbia. His brother, Randy, also felt compelled to post about his status to dismiss the rumors.

“Come on y'all, Kinderman is resting peacefully in his bed. . .not RIP,” he wrote. “FALSE NEWS . . . however he is happy to know how you feel. Knowing him, he would push out his hand and say, ‘SAVE. IT.’”

As a three-time Emmy award-winning host and former co-producer of WMAR’s It’s Kindertime, and The Kinderman Show, he has reached thousands of children across the state with his innovations in educating, entertaining over the past 50 years. His unique approach to teaching is brought to life by incorporating movement, dance, rhyme, song, story-telling adventures, and interactive learning games.

Now that his family has confirmed that he is indeed alive, they are grateful for the outpouring of love and happy to know that his legacy has had such a major effect on those he met. Burke says that Taylor would love to hear from everyone and is accepting cards that can be sent to Gilchrist Hospice in Columbia.

“He is now on the most important journey of his life, and he truly does appreciate each and every one of you that has sent him messages,” she said. “Continue to hold him in prayer.”




Meet The Author

Michelle Harris is the digital content producer for Baltimore, where she covers news, community, sports, and beauty.



You May Also Like


The Chatter

Marylanders Overwhelmingly Favor Legal Pot, $15 Minimum Wage, Euthanasia

Goucher Poll suggests public support in the state for liberal policies.

The Chatter

New Police Commissioner Should Have an Easy Transition to Baltimore

Michael Harrison will report on January 8 to lead the Baltimore Police.

Arts & Culture

Sacred Spaces

Seven spiritual sites for local pilgrimage.


The Chatter

Women Legislators Emerge in Record Numbers

Nonprofit Emerge Maryland identifies and trains women seeking political office in the state—and it’s working.

Arts & Culture

Marching Orders

The Dunbar High School marching band fosters a community of musicians.

News & Community

Vested Interest

DeRay Mckesson is a nationally recognized civil rights activist. Will he become a leader in Baltimore?

Connect With Us

Most Read


Best Places For Parents to Restore Peace and Sanity Away From Kids: Whether you have two hours (or two minutes), take some time for yourself.

Bryn Mawr Alum Annie Sherman Talks Playing Anna in The King and I: The Rogers & Hammerstein classic comes to the Hippodrome on February 19.

What to Expect from the Revitalization of Baltimore’s Historic Chinatown: Developers and community leaders plan a modern interpretation of the forgotten district.

Sassanova to Open at Green Spring Station: Local shoe and clothing boutique to open third location

The First Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week Kicks Off: Local vegan advocates promote healthy lifestyle and inclusive community.