Jerry Nelson; a true legend in children’s entertainment, passed away yesterday. He was 78. Nelson worked alongside Jim Henson and Frank Oz in creating magic and wonder to millions of children for over forty years. Some of his most memorable characters included the Count on Sesame Street and Sgt Floyd Pepper on The Muppet Show.
This is a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry. He was one of my childhood heroes. I, plus many others my age and before me have looked up to this man as an inspiration.
The children whose lives were tragically cut short have been blessed with a marvelous entertainer who I’m sure will not fail in providing them with tremendous joy.
RIP Mr. Nelson. You will be greatly missed.