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Sesame Street's Caroll Spinney hailed as 'artistic genius' after death at 85

 

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Carroll Spinney has been described as an 'artistic genius'. Credit: AP

 

The puppeteer behind Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch has been described as an "artistic genius" with a "kind and loving view of the world" after his death at 85.

 

Caroll Spinney died at his home in Connecticut after being diagnosed with movement disorder Dystonia, Sesame Workshop, the educational organisation behind the show, said.

 

Caroll was mentored by Sesame Street creator Jim Henson, who died in 1990, and the pair were friends for decades.

 

His career saw Big Bird visit China with Bob Hope, dance with the Rockettes, and be celebrated with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Full Story: https://www.itv.com/news/2019-12-08/sesame-street-s-caroll-spinney-hailed-as-artistic-genius-after-death-at-85/

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