Voice of 'Sesame Street's' The Count dies at 78
August 24th, 2012
04:52 PM ET

Voice of 'Sesame Street's' The Count dies at 78

Puppeteer Jerry Nelson, famous for lending his voice to Muppets on “Sesame Street,” “The Muppet Show” and “Fraggle Rock,” died Thursday, according to People. He was 78.

The cast and crew of “Sesame Street,” and the staff of Sesame Workshop, released the following statement in memoriam: “A member of the ‘Sesame Street’ family for more than 40 years, [Nelson] will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide…”

Nelson is, perhaps, best recognized as the voice of Count von Count, a friendly vampire with an unmistakable laugh and an affinity for numbers:

Counting floors:

Counting snores:

Counting blocks:

And counting cookies:

Share your memories of Nelson in the comments below...

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  1. jb2817

    Search the Count Censored on youtube

    August 29, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. countdowntimer

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    August 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. angohassan

    Hmmm.so the count is dead.we will miss u

    August 27, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stephanie

    My mom swears l could read at 2 years old thanks to Sesame Street. If l ever have kids they will watch it as well. I'm 37 now and l can still remember watching Sesame Street as a child in the 70's. RIP The Count! Thanks for making me so smart! Don't know what l would've done without ya!

    August 27, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. lovethecount

    When I was bout 8 for Christmas Santa brought me a hand puppet of the count
    When ever Sesame Street came on I would put it on my hand and renact the Count, I'd talk like him and do his laugh!
    To this day, I have a 7 and a 10 yr old and My Mom kept it in my room for them to have.
    They love it!
    R.I.P Count, I will miss you dearly! and Thanks for making counting so much fun

    August 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Count

    i wonder who will be the voice of the count..there is only one mr. nelson.
    rest in peace to the family

    August 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Spendlove

    Huge bummer.. everybody loves The Count. Rest in peace Mr Nelson.

    August 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cornelius aleman

    1,2 hahaha.The whole world will miss him ): The count made counting fun(: Condolences to his entire family.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. xerox

    the count looks so familar to me..like someone i know
    just kidding...

    August 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kate

    sad to hear- this voice was a big part of my childhood. Rest In Peace, familiar friend!

    August 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DANielle

    i hope the voice sounds the same because the counts voice was so funny

    August 26, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. August

    RIP Count. We all will miss you in Nigeria as well.I enjoyed seaseme street growing up. I wonder who will be the next Count?

    August 26, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike S

    Dead at 78....
    Let me count the years ...
    1 ah hah haha....
    2 ah hah haha.....
    ......
    78 Bwaaahahaha Bwaaahahah.... RIP (counting will never be the same)

    August 26, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. PiggyFan

    miss piggy is most fun and i love her wardrobe you have to be careful when she has a couple of glasses of vino..

    i admit i was counting during the course of the yesterday and it was funny.

    I do feel bad the count passed. i also watched sesame street as a child. ...van toooo treeee fawwww..i applied for a job there many years ago. if i had gotton that job, it probably would have been alot of fun.

    August 26, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Supratibha Narayan Roy

    Although I only got glimpses of the muppets during my childhood, they had an impact on my life. Ms. Piggy and the count were two characters I would do a search on when we first got internet in our house. I've always copied the count's laughter when ever I needed to frustrate my parents into giving me something I wanted :-(

    August 26, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  16. wonder years

    goodbye mr. count, thanks for the memories even u freak me out as a kid when i used to watch sesame street.

    August 26, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. The Count

    he will be terribly missed..i wonder who the puppeteer will be..

    August 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. TO THE TROLL

    DON'T USE ANY OF MY NAMES OR ANYONE PERTAINING TO ME BECAUSE WE ALL HOW YOU DO THAT.
    FWARD LOOOOOVEEEEEE

    August 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. 4ward

    rabbi comment

    August 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ms.J S/SF

    The P.O.T.U.S. I bet grew up on S.Street thats why The Count would say von von term,forward 2 2 terms ah ah ah ahhhhh! R.I.P. u will 4ever b n our hearts. 4ward love

    August 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Galaxy Prime

    When I was a kid, I loved vampire movies – so naturally The Count was my favorite – thanks for the memories Mr. Nelson.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. eddie munster

    i love the count..i use to eat spider veins while watching it

    August 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Tom

    i love 20 year olds.

    August 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Lisa

    RIP Count....you were always one of my favorites!

    August 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. the countess also counts

    yesterday was a big one-

    August 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. straight arrow

    timing

    August 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Count

    the count is a wonderful vampire.

    August 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BoboX

      One cookie, two, two cookie, three, three cookie......ten, ten cookie....ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...I LOVE YOU Count....RIP.

      August 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • BoboX

      Greetings, I am The COUNT.....HA HA HA HA HA HA

      August 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Red Pison

    At least he didn't sparkle. RIP

    August 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Vampire

    he was a well respected vampire

    August 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Michael Calaizzo

    He was a great man.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. ah...

    When you think at how many kids & adults have watched & enjoyed Sesame Street over the last 40 years, kind of makes you appreciate the show even more. I liked the Count, too. May you rest in peace, sir.

    August 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Teresa

    My newphew grew up on sesame street and probably taught him how to count. Rip count. My condolences to his family.

    August 25, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  33. thebelovedcount

    the Count will stand strong and move happily like a true vampire.

    August 25, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  34. LadyL

    Okay......full blown crying here!!! :O( We all just lost a Best Friend.

    August 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  35. Count Torrence?

    You laugh like the Count? does lightening strike also? remember? as soon as The Count begins to laugh and bolt of lightening strikes. lol

    August 25, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  36. Count Torrence?

    You laugh like the Count? does lightening strike also? remember? as soon as The Count begins to laugh this be bolt of lightening strikes. lol

    August 25, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  37. Count Torrance

    Count was my favorite character of all time!! I watched him soo much I developed a laugh like his as a child & was nicknamed The Count for all my life. I haven't felt this heartfelt on a celebrity death since Michael Jackson. Count, you're right on up their with him. R.I.P buddy..... I REALLY hope they don't take the character off the show now. I have a godson who watches the show, and I want him to be able to know The Count & find the humor of why everyone calls me that name. Instead of just one more 20th century character these youngins have no clue about.

    August 25, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  38. Los

    You were my favirite also count. I remember as a child in the 70's counting and immitating him. The count was one of the caractors mostly immitated by children. So sad we are losing our generations best entertainers seems like a daily basis. Which reminds us to spend more quality time with our own elder families. You never now when they will pass. You will definetly be missed. R.I.P Count. You were the MAN!

    August 25, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  39. MaleficentKnits

    one. one broken heart.

    August 25, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  40. .•|•.

    I TOUCH LITTLE BOYS!!!! LIKE THAT COUNT DID!

    August 25, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  41. Tom

    Along with Oscar the Grouch, the Count was my favorite Sesame Street muppet. Thanks for the joy.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Electra

      Oh yes, how can I forget about Oscar. I had liked him as well. Big Bird was my least favorite, along with Bert. I don't know why..lol.

      August 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Lew

    Awe, That's too bad. Thanks for the laughs, Jerry.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  43. Matt

    I guess he only knew how to count up to 78. :/

    August 25, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Electra

      Awww... :( ...lol. That was sad, cute and funny at the same time. R.I.P. Count. You were my favorite.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  44. fifi

    When i was 16 I had to babysit my 4 yr old sister and she counted like that! Well thanks Count Von Count sis Michelle was a great little counter (pun intended), you taught her well. R.I.P. Generations of thirsty little minds will miss you.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  45. G...

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duduX1MqQ1k&w=640&h=390]
    Watch jerry sing.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • G

      Besides Count von Count, he was also:
      Gobo Fraggle of Fraggle Rock
      Floyd Pepper of the Muppet Show
      Robin the Frog- (Kermit's little Nephew)
      Dr. Julius Strangepork
      Uncle Deadly
      Emmet Otter

      August 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Name*Andrea

    I grew up with the count. Sesame street and
    fraggle rock are some of my favorite shows. I even read the books to my kids. RIP Count Jerry Nelson. Andrea Daniel, Miami Beach, FL

    August 25, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  47. Dragun

    R.I.P. Count, soooo many memories, first of myself doing the "Count Voice" whenever ANYTHING had to be counted when i was a kid, and secondly when my daughter was growing up, she would imitate him as well. Loved going to the grocery store and we would count out "One can of green beans Ahh Ahh Ahhh, TWO cans of green beans Ahhh ahhhh ahhhh! and get louder with each count.

    My prayers are with Jerry's friends and family.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  48. Master.

    he was a favorite of mine along with bob–

    August 25, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  49. number10

    Loved the Count. You will be missed.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  50. DamselinSOS

    Always loved the Muppets – So Sorry to hear of the passing of one more of the original puppeteers. Thanks for all the great memories of a classic educational television (and silly, fun movies) – may God be with your family in this difficult time.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  51. Francis Odunjo

    I remember as if it was yesterday. That booming
    laughter still rings in my ears after about 30
    years since I watched the series. His was one of
    the outstanding character. Good night good old
    friend of little chilren.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  52. What Will Happen To The Count?

    This is fine vampire and will be missed by children everywhere.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  53. Chad Harkins

    jerry nelson also did The amazing Mumford too

    August 25, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  54. Geremy

    ron g?..words to love by.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  55. N20ieswhenitstarte9y

    The P.O.T.U.S. I bet grew up on the Count on the Street thats why he counts 1 1 term 2 2 terms Forward! ha ha ha haaaaaa! C what u taught us 2 do. Wd c turn evry thing n2 a rdason 2 count. Thank God 4 u 1 1 time 2 2 times ha ha ha haaaaaa!

    August 25, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  56. N20ieswhenitstarte9y

    The P.O.T.U.S. I bet grew up on the Count on the Street thats why he counts 1 1 term 2 2 terms Forward! ha ha ha haaaaaa!

    August 25, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  57. ONETWOTHREEHAHA

    Thank you Mr. Jerry for the good laughter & 100's of smiles you brought to me through out my childhood. You were my ultimate favorite on Sesame Street. May you rest in peace, Vaan.. Tuuu.. Treee.. Ha Ha Ha ur were awasome!

    August 25, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  58. Matt Olson

    WOW! The Count was my favorite when I was a kid, and now my kids have loved him too. I look forward to meeting Jerry "the Count" in Heaven. We'll miss you.

    Von, Two, Tree ...Ah Ah Ah !!!!!!!!!!!!

    The absolute best!

    August 25, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  59. Billy Moses

    Reblogged this on Billy Moses.

    August 25, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  60. N20ieswhenitstarte9y

    Luv the street@20 loved that crazy count. So sad. Rip you were blessed 1 1 time 2 2 times 3 3 times forever and us as well 4 having u n our lives 2 share with the young. Ha ha haaaaa forward 2012 P.B.H.O.

    August 25, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  61. Andy

    I cannot count how much joy the count brought to my childhood.

    August 25, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  62. N20ieswhenitstarte9y

    Luv the street@20 loved that crazy count. So sad. Rip you were blessed 1 1 time 2 2 times 3 3 times forever and us as well 4 having u n our lives 2 share with the young. Ha ha haaaaa

    August 25, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  63. RIP Count

    My utmost respect and admiration to the OG The Count.....so many kids as well as parents who enjoyed him and the quality program the count was part of.....long live the count.. much love

    August 25, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  64. Jack

    Hello. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 25, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  65. Jeff

    #RIPCount

    August 25, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  66. jimdevo

    Carrol Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson were some of the original muppeteers that Jim put together all those many years ago. Jerry was one of the all time great puppeteers and his characters will live on forever in our collective memories. Thank you Jerry.

    August 25, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  67. V.P.

    Loved the count he was one of coolest puppets on the show. Sesame Street, what a great show. I'm 51 now, enjoyed watching the show when I was younger and continued to watch when I had my daughter some 21 yrs ago. Loved watching the show with her when she was little. Wow Mr Nelson, I loved the others shows as well. Rest in peace and thanks for all of the great shows, characters and your neat voice.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  68. nathalie

    You brought me and then my son many years of happiness count. Thank you. :)

    August 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Ron G

    I watched the Count while my child grew up in the nineties. It is refreshing to recount (!) the life of a man who, unlike so many fools in show business, make lives a good life, and passes away well liked and uncorrupt. Consider Prince Harry or just about all the others.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Diego

    May he rest in peace. He was my favourite muppet. I'm 38, and remember well how he counted EVERYTHING! How one muppet could turn every single sentence into a counting game always mystified, but gratified me. Thanks for the good times, Count. I must be getting old. Thanks again, old friend.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Truth

    I feel more sad about this than when Michael Jackson died.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  72. RMBruton

    The Count was definitely my favorite Muppet, I still mimic him quite often. When my own Father was dying from cancer many years ago he still enjoyed watching the Muppets.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  73. GailS

    I love the Count. He's always conning people into his schemes of counting. He's hilarious.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  74. USA

    RIP COUNT : (

    August 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  75. RanchoFiero

    RIP Count Von Count. You brought joy to our lives!

    August 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  76. The Countdown

    age is only a number harry..its how you feel inside..you know what i mean?

    August 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Denita

    RIP Mr. Jerry Nelson. You brought adventure, knowledge & downright fun to my childhood. You were my favorit & Fraggle Rock was a must see for me when I was a kid. You will be forever missed & loved. Thank you for touching my heart & my daughter's also.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Dana

    My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. I am 30 years old and just a few months ago I was having a laugh with my children when I was talking and counting like the Count. They giggled at my imitation for a good 10 minutes. Thank you Count for teaching me to count.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Harry

    The Count was my favorite as a boy in the early 70's. He will be missed and I am getting old.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  80. thinkingaboutthecount

    i love to count.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  81. 32 year old Guy

    This sort of thing bothers me. It bothers me because it makes me feel like my past is slipping away. Gobo, I'm really going to miss you.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Dullard P. Winslop

    Didn't I see this dude on Dark Shadows?

    August 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  83. akkanorthland

    I was just counting like you yesterday! I will certainly miss you but carry on your legacy with all I work with.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Perk Cartel

    He brought us all countless hours of joy.
    Vale Jerry Nelson.
    Heartfelt condolences to the Nelson family at this sad loss.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Black Dynamite

    You will Rest In Peace.
    Count on it. HA HA HA......
    BD

    August 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  86. nsaidi

    Aww, these comments are so much fun. What's your favorite way to count? (I work at CNN.)

    August 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  87. HappyDays

    AWwww rest in peace Count! I remember trying to imitate the counts voice while counting as a child in the 70's (i'm 41). Thank you Count!

    August 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Dr. Big Bear

    A part of my childhood just died as well. I remember watching him with great fondness

    August 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  89. cpc65

    About a year or so ago, I was flipping channels when I saw the Count on PBS, so I stopped to watch for old times sake. Then I noticed he now speaks with an ordinary sounding American voice. WTH?! Did they feel they were being politically incorrect towards vampires or Transylvanians? RIP: RIP Mr. Nelson. Say hi to Jim for us.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick Lewis

      I think the accent just slid. Less to do with political correctness than it has to do with trying to hold the same voice for 40 years. Plus, what you remember as being a foreign accent as a kid, having not heard many odd voices, was probably pretty mild. This is a show trying to teach kids how to speak to one another, after all.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Robert

    Mr. Nelson, thank you for giving my generation and so many others so much joy in learning. God Bless you and your family. R.I.P.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Lefty capuccino

    Yet that awful count chocula lives on.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  92. hstarlet

    YOU WILL BE MISSED. reading some of these comments cheered me up. Ah ah ah!

    August 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  93. thabearjew

    there needs to a black vamp now soul count afro

    August 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Noe

      To thabearjew: Where do you purchase the substances which make you idiotic?

      August 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Islam Joe

    Muslims hated the Count on Sesame Street. He was blasphemous and could frequently be heard saying, "Allah peanut butter sandwiches", which greatly angered us.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You've got the wrong character, that was the Amazing Mumford

      August 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Get ove it!!!

      August 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • emDFW

      That was The Amazing Mumford, you muppet novice, you. ;)

      August 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Get over it Joe!!!

      August 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucifer

      Muslims hate everything, so what?

      August 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • katzinoire

      Islam Joe-I hate to correct numerous members of your religion-which I do hold with great respect-however that was The Amazing Mumford and the correct verbetam was "Aaaaaaaa....laaaaaaaaaa" like a child would say "la, la, la, aaaa la, la,la" not "Allah"-we're talking Sesame Street here-they consulted various sects to ASSURE they never upset anyone. So 1. You were angered at the incorrect Muppet and 2. you were angered about letters forming a sound similar to the phoenetic prounouciation of God in Arabic.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomMc1

      No, you're thinking of the Amazing Mumford, not the Count.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Noe

      To Islam Joe. You are living proof that even the saddest occasions can bring out the sick and pathetic. In hopes your meds increase to make your madness decrease.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  95. ctw boardroom

    Auditions are being held for voices to maintain the Counts presence on 'The Street'.
    Samuel Jackson, Gary Busey, Eminem, and Sam Elliot are scheduled to read on Mon.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Greydek

    Rest in peace... you will be missed but everyone has their time. You brought joy to many. Thank you.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  97. gatecrasher1

    One of the greats for sure. I'd wish death on Elmo, but then again, the little red guy damn near got me laid so he can't be all that bad.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  98. tonybotz

    the count used to give me nightmares. but i loved Gobo.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  99. EJ in Metro Houston

    this is very sad indeed. Perhaps now if Romney becomes POTUS he'll reconsider cutting PBS.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  100. talkic.com

    In retrospect...probably the most impactful teacher I had as a kid.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Necrofun

    Count Chocula has agreed to fill in temporarily.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Lizzy10

    One, one tear. Two, two tears. Three, three tears. Four, four tears. Five, five tears. Six, six tears. Seven, seven tears. Eight, eight tears. Nine, nine tears. Ten, ten tears. Goodbye Count.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  103. AM

    S-E-V-E-N the count is in HEAVEN.
    His voice taught sooo many children how to count numbers.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  104. DannyM

    So, was The Count a vampire? I was never clear on that.

    Still more of a vampire than Edward Cullen.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • van helsing

      Has fangs, lives in a creepy castle with bats.
      I'm not saying he is, but he better not cross my path!

      August 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  105. lynnab

    On the train from Vermont to NYC years ago, we and our then 7 year old son laughed all the way, as a little boy in front kept counting out loud imitating The Counts voice!

    August 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Not2CR8iv

    His days were numbered.

    August 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Jody

    He was one of my favorite puppets and he is re-joined with the greatest puppeteer of all time – Mr. Henson. Thank you Jim for bringing these adorable characters into our young lives. As for Mr. Nelson, you were the best!!! Have you finished counting the stairs to heaven? Sleep peacefully!!

    August 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Mojofrodo

    Noo. :( Such a shame. Rest in peace counting clouds.

    August 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  109. EG

    rip count

    August 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  110. DIANA B

    this is the saddest death of them all, my daughter learned from SESAME STREET and learned how to count. I hope he has
    a great memorial for the whole world to see. THANK YOU COUNT, you will be missed.

    August 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Liam Neeson

    My favorite scene was when Liam Neeson appeared with the Count to count to 20!
    Count to 20 and he'll be BACK!

    August 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  112. .•|•.

    He was a member of Sesame Street for over 40 yrs? Dang, how long has that show been on...let's count the yrs! RIP, you will be missed by many. :(

    August 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Eman

    Farewell Mr. Nelson – Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah.......

    August 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Alex

    Flags are being flown at half staff at preschools around the world, or at least they should be.

    August 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Rainstorm

    My kids use to watch Sesame Street when they were youong, every so often when changing channels Sesame St will flash by, with the Count doing his counting gig.
    Rest In Peace Mr. Nelson.......you've reached the final count down.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  116. minn64

    We will miss you count. RIP.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  117. 1%

    That's a shame. RIP.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  118. TKandziorski

    Another old friend is on his way Mr.Hooper!!

    August 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Inky

    So sorry to hear that Andrei Codrescu has passed.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  120. MisterPL

    Make room, Mr. Henson.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Ses.

    My favorite muppet was miss piggy .. she was a wonderful human being

    August 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kermit

      She was a ham.

      August 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Osborne

      As she (Piggy) would have said, 'Moi too'. The only thing was that as an actor, she was such a ham. Sorry, couldn't resist!

      August 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  122. The Count

    was my favorite puppet because he was a wonderful man oh sorry puppet

    August 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Tom

    My favorite muppet. RIP, Count.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  124. The Count

    was my favorite puppet becaue he was a wonderful and most fun

    August 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  125. sesame street

    sesame street was great i watched as a child all the time, it was truly a wonderful show

    August 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  126. brianthebigkid

    ONE!! One awesome talent! Ah...ah...ah...ah...ahhhhhh!!!

    August 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  127. 0Patrick0

    And for the laughter he brought their children's parents . . . The count's affinity for numbers often reduced him to a state of helplessness. The pathos of his being unable to stop himself from changing whatever was the subject before him into an exercise in counting always reminded me of my own pathos as a parent, often reduced to helplessness before the antics of my children. The Count would count, whereas I would run out of the room. Thank you Sesame Street.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Jerry?

    we will miss you and you truly are wonderful.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Me

    Thanks for the fond childhood memories..

    August 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Aud

    Awwww, so sad. :-(

    Lord, I'm getting old.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  131. jenny

    Our thoughts, well wishes, and hugs to the family and friends of this wonderful man. The world shares in your loss, but we will always celebrate his life through the Count!!!

    August 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  132. JeffinIL

    I have shed many tears at this news.
    One, one tear!
    Two, two tears!
    Three, three tears!
    Wah ha ha.

    (That is crying not laughter at the end.)

    August 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  133. PuppetWeenie

    The count was a wonderful puppet

    August 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  134. sockpuppet1984

    aw Gobo died

    August 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Vampire Punk

    gee i wonder who the one of the left looks like

    August 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |

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