NELSON--Jerry. The cast and crew of Sesame Street, and the Board of Trustees and staff of Sesame Workshop deeply mourn the loss of cast member and creator of dozens of Muppet characters, Jerry Nelson. A member of the Sesame Street family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue and many other beloved characters. We will miss his extraordinary spirit and the joy he brought to our Street.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 25, 2012