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Jerry Nelson, R.I.P.

By on 8.24.12 | 12:02PM

Puppeteer Jerry Nelson passed away yesterday at the age of 78. No cause of death has been released as of this writing.

Nelson was a close associate of the late Jim Henson and was a fixture on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show as well as Fraggle Rock. He was best known for being the hand and voice behind Count Von Count. Nelson gave life to other Sesame Street characters like Herry Monster, Sherlock Hemlock and The Amazing Mumford. In the early years of Sesame Street, Nelson was the original Mr. Snuffleupagus. While on The Muppets, Nelson was the creative force behind Dr. Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand and Dr. Julius Strangepork from Pigs in Space.

I leave you with The Count counting sheep to the everlasting regret of Ernie & Bert.

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