Jerry Nelson, legendary puppeteer and voice of beloved characters on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock as well as films and TV specials featuring The Muppets, passed away at his home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts last night from complications following a long battle with emphysema at age 78. Perhaps best known for his portrayal of the mathematical vampire Count von Count and Herry Monster (both pictured above), his other roles included Sherlock Hemlock, Sgt. Floyd Pepper – bass player for the Electric Mayhem band – and Gobo Fraggle among others.
Join us in paying tribute to a man who helped shape the lives and imaginations of children (and adults) the world over through the wonderfully unique puppets he controlled. As we reflect on the life of Jerry Nelson, celebrate his legacy by wearing a Sesame Street, The Muppets or Fraggle Rock costume this Halloween or at the next disguise occasion.