Jerry Nelson of characters On Sesame Street Fraggle Rock And The Muppet Show Died At Home In Cape Cod Mass

Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who gave articulation to dozens of characters on "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock" and "The Muppet Show," died at home in Cape Cod, Mass., on Thursday night afterwards adversity from emphysema for several years. He was 78.

A account on the Sesame Workshop's website (the aggregation that produces "Sesame Street") paid accolade to Nelson, saying, "A affiliate of the 'Sesame Street' ancestors for added than 40 years, he will always be in our hearts and remembered for the ability in his puppetry, his music, and the amusement he
brought to accouchement common through his assuming of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and abounding added admired characters."

Though Nelson retired from concrete puppeteering in 2004, he connected to accommodate his articulation to several muppets appropriate up until his death. The 43rd division of "Sesame Street," which begins Sept. 24, will affection Nelson's articulation as Count von Count in several episodes.

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Lisa Henson, babe of Muppet architect Jim Henson and accepted arch controlling of the Jim Henson Co.,  additionally paid accolade to Nelson in a statement, which read: "Jerry Nelson absorbed all his characters with the aforementioned gentle, candied whimsy and affection that were a allotment of his own personality. He abutting the Jim Henson Co. in the ancient years, and his different contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so abounding others are, and will abide to be, unforgettable. On account of the Henson ancestors and anybody at the Jim Henson Co., our centermost sympathies go out to Jerry's ancestors and to his abounding fans."

Nelson was built-in in Tulsa, Okla.,  in 1934. He was one of the ancient associates of Henson's affiliation of muppeteers, abutting the accumulation in 1965. He started on "Sesame Street" in the show's additional division in 1970.

On "The Muppet Show," Nelson performed Sgt. Floyd Pepper (bassist for the Electric Mayhem), the backlash angle thrower Lew Zealand and Kermit's nephew, Robin. On "Fraggle Rock," he was Gobo Fraggle and Marjory the Trash Heap, amid added characters.

He played the role of the telethon anchorperson in aftermost year's big awning "The Muppets."

He is survived by his wife, Jan. Their daughter, Christine, died of cystic fibrosis in 1982.

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