My wife came into my office as I was getting ready to go to work this morning to give me bad news: Jerry Nelson had died. Jerry was the third puppeteer Jim Henson hired, after Jerry Juhl (who went on to be the writer for The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock) and Frank Oz.
We’d known Jerry had basically retired because of his COPD, but he still did work for Sesame Street, recording the voice for his favorite character, Count von Count.
There’s not much I can say. Thank you, Jerry, for a lifetime of entertainment and inspiration.