Jerry Nelson, the man slash puppet who taught us how to count has passed on at 1, 2, 3…78 years of age.
Most famous for providing the voice work of the character The Count on Sesame Street, Nelson also performed a number of other characters on the show.
Here's what the cast and crew of Sesame Street said in a statement:
"The cast and crew of Sesame Street and the staff of Sesame Workshop deeply mourn the loss of cast member and creator of dozens of Muppet characters, Jerry Nelson. A member of the Sesame Street family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and many other beloved characters. We will miss his extraordinary spirit and the joy he brought to our Street."
Nelson began working on Sesame Street with Jim Henson in the 1970's and continued to be a part of the show until his retirement in 2004. He died of unspecified causes.
We will always remember the man who gave us The Count.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans who will miss him dearly.
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