In Memoriam: Jerry Nelson a.k.a COUNT VON COUNT

It is a sad day fiends. You may not know him by his real name Jerry Nelson but this man voiced one of the most beloved characters ever to grace the small screen. Of course I refer to Count Von Count on Sesame Street. Read on for the sad news.

The Los Angeles times is reporting that legendary voice over actor and puppeteer, Jerry Nelson, has passed away at the age of 74.

A statement on the Sesame Workshop’s website (the company that produces “Sesame Street”) paid tribute to Nelson, saying, “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.”

Though Nelson retired from physical puppeteering in 2004, he continued to lend his voice to several muppets right up until his death. The 43rd season of “Sesame Street,” which begins Sept. 24, will feature Nelson’s voice as Count von Count in several episodes.

Lisa Henson, daughter of Muppet creator Jim Henson and current chief executive of the Jim Henson Co.,  also paid tribute to Nelson in a statement, which read: “Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality. He joined the Jim Henson Co. in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable. On behalf of the Henson family and everyone at the Jim Henson Co., our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry’s family and to his many fans.”

He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go out to his family at this hard time.

We do have to ask the question though:

Is this the end of the Count? We hope the folks behind Sesame Street let him rest in peace as well. So sad to think that kids will miss out on learning to count with one of the best counters ever.

This ones for you count. Ah Ah Ah!


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