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Legendary Sesame Street Actor Caroll Spinney Passed Away At 85

Legendary Sesame Street Actor Caroll Spinney Passed Away At 85

One year after retiring from his long mission on the legendary TV series, Sesame Street, actor and puppeteer Caroll Spinney died at the age of 85.

Caroll Spinney helped create iconic characters very tall Big Bird and the hilariously and curmudgeonly Oscar the Grouch, who lived in his trash can. He starred for these characters with his television program and countless live performances.

The official and verified the Twitter page of Sesame Street has announced his death with a heartwrenching letter. Spinney died in his home after living with Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder.

Here’s the statement after his death:

“Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, died today, December 8th, 2019, at age 85 at his home in Connecticut, after living with Dystonia for some time.”

In another statement, the co-founder of Sesame Street, Joan Ganz Cooney said that Spinney’s contributions, for the television series, were countless. He stated:

“He not only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well. We at Sesame Workshop mourn his passing and feel an immense gratitude for all he has given to Sesame Street and to children around the world.”

Check out the tweet below.

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