Emilio Delgado, the actor best known for his role as Luis on Sesame Street, has died aged 81.
Delgado’s wife Carol confirmed to TMZ, that the actor passed away on Thursday at his home in New York City surrounded by his family.
He had reportedly been diagnosed with the blood cancer Multiple Myeloma in December, and had been in hospice care as of late.
Delgado’s character Luis, who first appeared on Sesame Street in 1971, attracted praise for avoiding the Latin American stereotypes which were commonplace on television at the time.
“There really wasn’t any representation of actual people. Most of the roles that I went out for were either for bandits or gang members,” the actor recalled in a 2021 interview on the YouTube series Famous Cast Words.
Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Emilio Delgado, known the world over for his role as Luis on Sesame Street. A beloved member of the Sesame family for over 50 years, his warmth and humor invited children to share a friendship that has echoed through generations.
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) March 11, 2022
Rest In Peace, Emilio Delgado.