The man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch passes away age 85

goss 09/12/2019

Sad news for fans of Sesame Street, Caroll Spinney - the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch has sadly passed away.

Spinney passed away at the age of 85 in his home in the US. He had lived with Dystonia (a movement disorder in which a person's muscles contract uncontrollably) for some time.

"Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending." the Sesame Street said in a statement.

"His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while."

Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said 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're sending love to all of his friends and family at this difficult time.