(WJW) Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch died Sunday at his home in Connecticut at the age of 85.
That’s according to Sesame Workshop.
They report Spinney had been living with Dystonia for some time.
Spinney had been with Sesame Street since 1969.
He leaves behind a wife, 3 children and several grandchildren.
Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said of her longtime colleague and friend, “Caroll Spinney’s contributions to Sesame Street are countless. He not only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well. We at Sesame Workshop mourn his passing and feel an immense gratitude for all he has given to Sesame Street and to children around the world.”