Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer that played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street has died at 85.
He passed away in Connecticut after living with Dystonia — a condition where the muscles contract uncontrollably.
The Sesame Workshop announced his death and said his “legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending.” and stated he was an “artistic genius”
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. https://t.co/q7FVDul5WT pic.twitter.com/CvWBD0NQyp
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) December 8, 2019
In the official announcement from the Sesame Street website it reads, “His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world … his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.”
In 1969, the beginning of a successful Sesame Street, Caroll joined the cast to play Oscar and Big Bird until 2018.
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