One of the original Sesame Street cast members has died at the age of 90, his family confirmed in a statement.
Bob McGrath was one of the first members of the cast to be hired for the popular children’s television show in 1969.
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McGrath voiced the character of Bob and worked on the show for a whopping 460 episodes — through 2017, according to IMDB.
“Our father, Bob McGrath, passed away today,” the family posted on Facebook Monday.
“He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.”
The news sparked a wave of condolences from people who grew up watching Sesame Street — and then introduced their own children to the show.
“I’m so sorry,” wrote one fan.
“I have so many wonderful memories of Bob.
“He was a wonderful person and we will miss him dearly.”
“Thank you Bob for your profound gift of song, joy and love to generations of people young and old,” wrote another.
“We love you.”
“Bob has played such a positive role in the lives of so many children including me and I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet him personally as an adult,” wrote another.
“I am heartbroken to read this message.”
Speaking to The Sun-Times in 1998, McGrath said he was touched by the impact Sesame Street had had on people’s lives.
“I think we’ve reached the kids we were meant to reach,” he said.
“You have grown up; they are now in their 30s.
“They have kids of their own, our sesame seeds, and they come up to me and say, ‘Thank you very much. It made a big difference in our lives.
The Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street, also paid tribute to McGrath in a Twitter thread on Monday.
“Sesame Workshop mourns the loss of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years,” they wrote.
“As a founding member of the cast, Bob embodied the tunes of Sesame Street like no other, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world.
“Whether it’s teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhoods, or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts.
“A globally revered artist, Bob’s rich tenor has filled the airwaves and concert halls many times from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo.
“We will forever be grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.”
“Oh man my heart is a little broken,” one fan wrote under the post.
“But all you have to do is think of Bob singing about people in my neighborhood and a big smile spreads across my face.
“What a precious, lovely person.”
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https://7news.com.au/entertainment/beloved-sesame-street-star-dead-my-heart-is-a-little-broken-c-9064559 Original Sesame Street actor Bob McGrath has died at the age of 90