LOS ANGELES - Jerry Nelson, 78, the puppeteer behind a delightful menagerie of characters, including Count von Count on Sesame Street and Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, has died.
Mr. Nelson, who suffered from emphysema, died Thursday night in his home on Cape Cod, the Sesame Workshop said Friday.
"Every description of his characters describes Jerry as well," said Sesame Street executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente. "Silly, funny, vulnerable, passionate, and musical, for sure. That voice of his was superb."
Although he had been in declining health for some time "his attitude was never bad," Parente said Friday. "He was always so grateful for what he had in his life."