Puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch dies

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December 9, 2019 - 9:59 AM

“Sesame Street” icon Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch during his nearly five decades on the children’s show, died Sunday at 85.

His death was announced by the Sesame Workshop, which said Spinney had been living with Dystonia “for some time.” He passed away at his home in Connecticut, the nonprofit organization that puts on “Sesame Street” said.

“Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending,” reads a tribute to Spinney on the Sesame Workshop website.

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