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Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind a delightful menagerie of characters including Count von Count on "Sesame Street" and Gobo Fraggle on "Fraggle Rock," has died. He was 78.

Nelson, who suffered from emphysema, died Thursday night in his Massachusetts 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'd 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."

"We're having a rough day on the Street," she said.

In a tribute posted online by the nonprofit Sesame Workshop, Nelson was lauded for his artistry and the "laughter he brought to children worldwide" with the Count and other Muppet puppets including Sherlock Hemlock, Herry Monster and the Amazing Mumford.

Nelson was part of other projects featuring Jim Henson's Muppets, including the 1984 movie "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and TV series including the 1980s "Fraggle Rock" and 1990s "Muppets Tonight"

In recent years, Nelson gave up the physically demanding job of operating the Count and other puppets on "Sesame Street" but still voiced the characters, the workshop said. The show's new season launches in September and Nelson's voice will be heard.

In 2010, he released the album "Truro Daydreams," the title that referred to the Massachusetts town.

Survivors include Nelson's wife, Jan, Parente said. Funeral plans were not immediately available.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 24, 2012.
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November 10, 2019
Happy anniversary th 50 Sesame Street
Luff Spencer
September 2, 2019
Happy anniversary Seseme street th 50
Luff Spencer
August 3, 2019
Dear jerry Nelson nice men sesme steet and fraggle rock good playing gobo fraggle playing mr.snffeupgus
Luff Spencer
May 10, 2019
Nice men playing court von court
Luff Spencer
May 14, 2017
Nazarene Mckinney
November 30, 2012
I have enjoyed sesame street as a child for years and have enjoyed Mr. Jerry Nelson's Fraggle rock. May the family find comfort in the God of all comfort during this time.
L. Turner
October 22, 2012
What an amazing man. I shed a tear when I learned of his passing. We will truly miss him for all that he has done. You cannot leave the magic. Briana Stream Lifelong Fraggles & Muppet Fan
October 8, 2012
Our paths crossed at Shepperton to create a little magic. The warmth, friendship, and generosity you showed me will forever permeate our festive manifestation. My thoughts are with Jan and your family. RIP Jerry.
Don Austen
September 25, 2012
To Jerry Nelson.
You did an amazing playing the Count on Seasame Street. I used to watch you play those muppets on Seasame Street when I was a little girl and you just great. Lisa Weiner
September 20, 2012
That was one of the voices that I grew up with, teaching me letters, numbers, and to believe in myself and the value of others. Rest in peace.
Justin Renwick
September 14, 2012
In memory of Jerry Nelson, Watched Sesame Street while studying education (majored in Math) in the early 70's. Never really thought much about who the Count was at the time. My grandson LOVES the Count. Was saddened when I heard of Jerry's passing. Jerry made many children happy with his characters. A Grandmother in Radville, Saskatchewan
September 14, 2012
Logan's 2nd Birthday- Aug. 23, 2012
May it bring Jerry's family some comfort knowing that The Count is loved by a little boy in Canada, so much that he sleeps with five counts (three figurines and two stuffed) every night. We have a hard time leaving the house without at least one count. Logan had his 2nd birthday Aug. 23, 2012. With a count theme. Everything in his world is "the count". Jerry's voice is heard everyday on DVD in this house. Every time he is on, Logan screams and dances "Mom, Mom the Count, mom look the count".
Thank you Jerry for entertaining my son. I don't know how I would get anything done with out you. RIP.
Although he is too young to understand Jerry's passing, he will never forget The Count.
I LOVE YOU COUNT - Logan Ady, Age 2
CANADA
Dawn, Grant and Logan Ady
September 3, 2012
May the God of comfort and peace be with Jerry dear family.
Cynthia
September 2, 2012
My grandsons loved "the count" They began counting with you. How they laughed and loved you while counting everything ah ha ha. You were loved by us??
Christine Eidam
August 31, 2012

I will miss you. My children and so will my grandchildren.
deborah davis
August 30, 2012
Rest in peace, Count, you will be rewarded for all the good things you taught to children.
Arlene Keenan
August 30, 2012
Rest n peace
Barbara Latham
August 29, 2012
My prayers to his family
Sandra Belk
August 29, 2012
I wanted to say he was one of my favorite on sesame street he will be missed my prayers for his family.
Sandra Belk
August 29, 2012
You will be Missed...
Russell Smith
August 29, 2012
The Count is one of my favorite Sesame Street characters and I am so sad to hear the man behind him has passed away. My sympathies go out to Jerry Nelson's family as they go through this difficult time. We can all look foward to when God will end death and suffering forever, wiping away all the tears of sorrow.
Ashley
August 29, 2012
Rest in peace Mr. Nelson. The count has always been my favorite sesame street.
Louella Prince
August 28, 2012
RIP Jerry. You will be missed .
J Borzumato
August 28, 2012
Rest in peace, Jerry.
Kelly Micks
August 28, 2012
Sending my prayers & condolences to the family & friends of Mr. Jerry Nelson as the Count!!! Thank u for all the many funny shows u have shared with us during the years!! GREAT JOB WELL DONE!!! You will be TRULY MISSED!!! May God Be with u Always!!! Keep Counting the stars in the Heaven!!!!
Lisa Clark
August 28, 2012
I always loved watching the Count on Sesame Street for so many years!! I'm 43yrs. old and still love it to this day!! May Mr.Jerry Nelson as the Count Rest in Eternal Peace!!! May God be with u!!!!
Lisa Clark
August 28, 2012
Thanks for everything Mr. Nelson.
RIP!
Olivia Washington
August 28, 2012
Another part of my childhood gone, I look to the time when sorrow and mourning are conditions of the past,it's promised, my deepest condolences.
August 28, 2012
My son loves count and when I was growing up so did I and I will always love count
cynthia james
August 28, 2012
Farewell for a Season, but Not Forever
We have lost a gentle, beautiful, creative soul that revealed to multiple generations the whimsical, wondrous, light-filled, imaginative and KIND side of life. He will be missed, and we are left lesser without him and voice in our chorus. Let us hope that he has inspired a kindred spirit to be likewise: an entertainer of that which is edifying.
Peter Sachs
August 27, 2012
The man who I have admired for his work! We need more men like Jerry Nelson! you will always be remembered and I will always raise my kids on his work! "fragel Rock"... etc.. :) Thanks you so much for your work and how much it has impacked Society.
Dallas Grant
August 27, 2012
Loved The Count, so sweet and whimsical. My daughter and now her children loved and learned from Sesame Street and many of your characters, but The Count is your special legacy. Rest in peace dear Mr. Nelson......we will all miss you.
Pamela Sampson
August 27, 2012
Alice Guckian Queen
August 27, 2012
Jerry, like most of the other hard-working but never seen puppeteers on Sesame Street, touched my heart as a child and I never knew it. It's impossible to measure how much joy he brought to me. My thoughts are with his family.
Adam Mix
August 27, 2012
You'll surely be missed...thanks for counting with me.
Judy Introini O'Brien
August 27, 2012
I simply can't find the words.... RIP, dear Jerry.
A G
August 27, 2012
Offering deepest sympathies to Mr. Nelson's family and friends. He truly touched many young ones life. In your time of sorrow, may God continue to strengthen you-Psalm 46:1
Tanya
August 27, 2012
Thank you Nelson family for sharing Jerry with us. I will always remember how I learned to count along with all my necies and nephews. You will remain in my prayers during this time and Count ..... you were a blessing
Betty Boultinghouse
August 27, 2012
this man was a great actor he will be missed but now he with god now
ronnie browning
August 27, 2012
Dearest Nelson Family,
Thank you for sharing Jerry with us. I am an adult now but I treasure the days when the Count and his friends helped me to learn the important stuff. I hope it helps to know that others are sharing your sorrow as well as many wonderful memories. Rest in Peace Jerry.
Love and Prayers to all.
Ann Kleinschmidt
August 27, 2012
To the the family of Jerry Nelson - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
Linda
August 27, 2012
RIP Count. You taught many children how to "count". You were a treasure and you will be missed.
Nadine Wodarczyk
August 27, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know God will help you through these difficult times. Psalms 46:1
Joe
August 27, 2012
Jerry no one will be able to take your place as the (count). You were the best. Always looked forward to seeing you as the count. Why the kids loved you as us adults did too. You will be missed. Diana
Diana Bayn
August 26, 2012
To The Nelson Family
With deep sympathy and a heavy heart ,I write these words for your family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in all the pleasant memories that you have, and may they comfort you, and bring you strength, in your time of grief. May you also find comfort with the thoughts below:
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
This verse found @ Isaiah 49:13 has comforted me, I hope that t comforts you as well.
With Deepest Sympathy
S O
August 26, 2012
Hello Jan, My sincere condolences to you. As you know, Jerry and I were good friends from the early 1970's until I moved abroad and after I returned here. Fortunately, I did manage to see him a few years ago. Jerry taught me to dream and to believe dreams come true. He was a wonderful man who inspired and blessed many, adults and children. Feel free to contact me on fb or on gmail. Much love to you, Jenna
Jenna Holst
August 26, 2012
Jerry Nelson's "Count" was priceless. My kids and grandchildren were raised watching Sesame St; such a wonderful show to be associated with, and may his voice be heard for ages to come.
C.S.
August 26, 2012
I will miss him so much. I enjoyed watching those shows. Your family will be in my prayers.
Ramona
August 26, 2012
. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
August 26, 2012
This is very sad, you will be missed. Thank you so much for everything you accomplished during your lifetime!
Kathy Mitchell
August 26, 2012
May the Lord bless Jerrys family and friends..may he R.I.P. Sesame Street will not be the same without you....
Ana LeBron
August 26, 2012
Thank you Jerry and Family for so much fun!!! Our family will miss him.
Dianne Richardson
August 26, 2012
thank you for every thing...
jesse LUGO
August 26, 2012
Thank you for leaving a legacy. Sesame Street is never the same without Count von Count. You'll forever be remembered. Lots of love, Jann.
Jann Daquigan
August 26, 2012
Thanks for being inspirational through your talent and art. And thanks for the graffiti on the back of Baird's sets for "Winnie the Pooh." It was a reminder that you were once there, too.
Steven Widerman
August 26, 2012
Thank you wonderful childhood memories...
Joyce Bentley
August 26, 2012

thank you for teaching me to count and my three children...count on!
sonia
August 26, 2012
When I count - it is you voice I hear in my head! Thank you for teaching a whole country! and the world!
Frances
August 26, 2012
Thank You for helping to make my children learn to count and laugh while doing it. God Bless!
The Mtz Family
August 26, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thank you so very much for the lives you touched through the Count and Sesame Street. My baby brother has special needs and without the muppets he would never have learned to count, read, and grown into the man he is today.
beemer
August 26, 2012
I've lost my best friend and counting Partner. I've lost and regained my best friend from Toddler to now 35. Thank you for the worth and morals and more so the pure joy you instilled into my heart and soul. RIP Count(Jerry Nelson) you've forever touched my life and I could never count the ways you have..maybe one day I'll get the chance to have the Count Von Count do it for me.
Jesse Skene
August 26, 2012
thank you for all you did
August 26, 2012
RIP Count.
anna gates
August 26, 2012
Thanks to Jerry, my family enjoyed many hours of enjoyment with the "Count" we all loved him, sorry to hear of his passing, another hero gone. Kay, Paul, Muffie, Sarah and Emily Hebb of Randolph, Maine.
Kay Hebb
August 26, 2012
We are all puppets..rest in peace with our lord and savior..Jesus Christ
SHORTY KOPPELMAN
August 26, 2012
thank you for all the counting lessons .you taught my daughters(now grown up)well.R.I.P COUNT
VICKI TORRES
August 26, 2012
I love to count my sympathy to the family
August 26, 2012
Our prayers and sympathy go out to the family of Jerry Nelson. My 24 yr. old grandson loved watching you on TV. He is a Marine now but "the Count" was his favorite character on the show. Thank you for the pleasure you gave us thru the years. From a fan.
Sarah Guess
August 26, 2012
God bless you Jerry for all the joy you brought us! The thought of Robin and Kermit being together again is something that can make me smile at this sad time!! RIP xx
Jojo Entwisle
August 26, 2012
to the family of jerry nelson,so sorry for your loss,i used to watch sesame street when i was little i loved all the characters thank u jerry for teaching me how to count god be with the family.we will miss u count
chris cazzato
August 26, 2012
To the the family of Jerry Nelson - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
August 26, 2012
Heaven can now "count" Mr. Nelson as one of its angels. Thank you 1000 times for making my children smile (and me) when nothing else could! We will miss you. Rest in Peace.
August 26, 2012
I grew up with sesame street, the muppet show , and fraggle rock they all were a huge part of my childhood had the pleasure if meeting and caring for jerry when he was well and sick what an amazing man god bless you jerry and your family
liz
August 25, 2012
Peace to the family..
Ty for the memories...
L S
August 25, 2012
Thank you, Jerry, for countless wonderful Sesame Street memories. I bet you're up there singing with Jim Henson and doing the Batty Bat with Bela Lugosi.
Becky
August 25, 2012
MAY THE COUNT 'REST IN PEACE'
SKL
August 25, 2012
goody halletts fans love you for all you did for truro
August 25, 2012
we love you, goody halletts friends,liz
August 25, 2012
To the family of Jerry Nelson,may the God of peace,give you peace at this time of grief[Psalms72:7]
August 25, 2012
I used to live for the Muppet Show. Jerry's passing will leave a huge hole in the joy of entertainment. May you rest in peace.
Karen Hanson
August 25, 2012
So sorry your number came up...Mr Count!!
My children, grandchildren and I have enjoyed and loved you for years!!!

Rest in Peace!!
Mae Sharp
August 25, 2012
Thank you for the happiness you brought to our family... von, two, three decades, ah - ah - ah!
Love always, the Griffin family in Darien, CT
August 25, 2012
Our condolences
to the Nelson Family
~:~
Rest well inside
A Spiritual Light
into peaceful
serene Journey~
Victoria&Andrew
August 25, 2012
Farewell
David J Bhaltazhar Esq
August 25, 2012
To the family and friends of Jerry Nelson please accept my deepest sympahies for your loss. It's hard to lose someone close to us but please know that God does not forget our loved ones neither us as we have to cope with this loss so in these difficult times remember to throw all your anxieties upon him because he care for you.' 1Pet. 5:7
J Jackson
August 25, 2012
I literally don't know of a time in my life without Jerry's wonderful characters. I'm so happy I had a chance to learn about this wonderful man that shaped my childhood, and is now shaping my children's. Such a fascinating man, he had a wisdom about him that I will miss greatly. Thank you Jerry.
R L
August 25, 2012
My prayers are for Jerry Nelson Family and friends. He will always be remember by all who loved him. Jehovah always remember all who are loyal.
Wanda Henry
August 25, 2012
I am an adult you loved the Count. He always made me laugh. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Kathy Irey
August 25, 2012
A genius is in heaven. Thank you for the wonderful memories that will be forever cherished.
August 25, 2012
Hug Christine in Heaven. Always found his work entertaining and touching, as he
brought smiles to others' children with his puppet characters, even after his dear daughter preceded him to Heaven.
mourning fan
August 25, 2012
rip
michelle plakas-kaiser
August 25, 2012
I send all my condolences to the Nelson family. May this talented person remain in God's memory. My prayers are with you.
August 25, 2012
Thank you for all the enjoyment you gave my children when they were young! Rest in Peace!
Joyce Chapman
August 25, 2012
I got into "The Street" in the mid eighties when my daughter was young - the Count is still my FAV character on the show. Jerry was a terrific talent. Condolences to his family and extended family.
Emil-Pudge Lach
August 25, 2012
So sorry - world a better place with him in it!
August 25, 2012
The count was one of my favorites on sesame street. The count helped my brothers and I learn to count. Thanks for giving so many children ahead start in counting and learning. Thanks to all of the puppeteers who help so many people learn and make it fun to learn.
janet
August 25, 2012
Istill like fragal rock
Teresa davis
August 25, 2012
As a grandmother we enjoyed Fraggle Rock among others. Loved the humor and storyline.
Thanks for the memories

Sharon
Sharon Ziegler
August 25, 2012
RIP YOU WIL BE MISSED.
KAREN JABLONSKI
August 25, 2012
My love and prayers go out to your family and your "Sesame Street" family. Thank you for helping me teach my children and Grandchildren to count as the wonderful "Count Dracula." Now you teach our little "Little Angels" that were taken too soon from this earth.
Sandy
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