Entertainment August 24, 2012
RIP: Puppeteer For Sesame Street's The Count Dies At 78

Chances are, you watched 'Sesame Street' as a kid. Maybe you still watch it with your kids. Or maybe, just on your own. No judgement.

Well, sad news today. Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who played Count von Count has died. He was 78.


Nelson also played Mr. Snuffleupagus and Gobo Fraggle on the hit kid's series 'Fraggle Rock,' which ran from 1983 to 1987.

In fact, the CBC was one of the international co-producers of 'Fraggle Rock,' which dealt with issues such as prejudice, spirituality and personal identity.

Nelson also performed many characters on 'The Muppet Show,' including Sgt. Floyd Pepper (the bassist of the Electric Mayhem band), Pigs in Space star Dr. Julius Strangepork, Kermit the Frog's nephew Robin and Gonzo's girlfriend Camilla the Chicken.

In 2004, Nelson stopped puppeteering with The Muppets. But he continued to voice the Count until his death.

In honour of Jerry Nelson, here's a classic clip of the Count watching TV. And of course, he's watching 'Six Feet Under.'

And here's a legendary clip of Sgt. Floyd Pepper performing a classic George Harrison song.



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