We have learned that a dear member of our puppet family has passed away. Jerry Nelson was known for performing so many of the Henson and Sesame Street characters that have become icons as well as dear friends. We are saddened by this news, but remember so many of the wonderful characters that he brought to life. He was an amazing spirit and will be missed by many.
“Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality. He joined The Jim Henson Company in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable. On behalf of the Henson family and everyone at The Jim Henson Company, our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry’s family and to his many fans.” – Lisa Henson, CEO The Jim Henson Company
A playlist of clips from various performances: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4AB0F0A608221DDF
In the studio recording his album “Truro Daydreams,” joined by his “Sesame Street” colleagues Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and Stephanie D’Abruzzo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FifjK0Kt5Vw
On Jerry’s early days with Jim Henson: http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2011/12/03/121-51965/