'RIP Big Bird': Tributes Flow For 'Sesame Street' Puppeteer Caroll Spinney

Caroll Spinney, the man behind beloved 'Sesame Street' characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died at 85.

Sesame Workshop announced in a statement that Spinney died in his home in Connecticut after "living with Dystonia 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 statement read.

Celebrities and fans around the world whose childhoods -- and adult lives -- were influenced by the teachings of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch have paid tribute to Spinney on Twitter.



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"For close to three generations Caroll Spinney has taught us kindness, love, respect, joy and friendship," actor and director Josh Gad wrote on social media.

"Thank you for your brilliance. May you and Jim Henson find eachother and make the heavens smile," he added.

Spinney is survived by his wife Debra and children Jessica, Benjamin and Melissa.

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