Jerry Nelson, The Count on ‘Sesame Street,’ Dies

Jerry Nelson, lower right, with Stephanie D'Abruzzo, top left, and Kevin Clash, top right, of 'Sesame Street (Photo: By: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

By Tim Molloy

LOS ANGELES ( — Jerry Nelson, who voiced “Sesame Street” characters including Count von Count during more than 40 years with the show, has died, the show said.

“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,” said a message on Sesame Street’s website.

“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.”

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