Big Bird and Kermit The Frog have paid tribute to their human “friend” Bob McGrath, following his death at the age of 90.
His fictional duo posted separate tributes to the actor, musician, and children’s author, noting his “contagious joy” and ability to “make every day fresh.” more beautiful”.
McGrath has been a cast member of the American children’s show for over 50 years and is known as one of the show’s first non-Muppet regulars.
He passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, his family confirmed in a statement.
In a tweet posted from her official account, Kermit recalled the “great time” they shared on Sesame Street.
“There is no one like my friend Bob McGrath. His infectious joy and remarkable voice can make every day more beautiful,” he wrote.
“I will always remember the wonderful time we shared on Sesame Street. Let’s all sing a song for Bob today.”
Sharing a photo of the two on set together, Big Bird wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for always being my friend, Bob. I love you.”
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McGrath was a founding member when Sesame Street premiered in 1969, playing Bob Johnson, a friendly neighbor whose puppet characters include Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Grover and Elmo.
He last appeared in 2017, marking a career spanning nearly five decades in the Sesame Street world.
A statement shared on his official Facebook said: “The McGrath family has some sad news to share. Our father, Bob McGrath, passed away today. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.”
A statement from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the program, said: “Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years.
“As a founding member, Bob sings Sesame Street tunes like no other, and his performance has brought joy and amazement to generations of children around the world, though Is it teaching them the alphabet, the people of the neighborhood or the simple joy of feeling the music in their hearts.
“As a globally respected performer, Bob’s rich tenor has filled waves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over.
“We will be forever grateful for his passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street over the years and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.”
McGrath, who grew up in Illinois and studied music at the University of Michigan, was also a singer on the ’60s series Sing Along With Mitch and had a successful music career in Japan.
US actress Holly Robinson Peete, daughter of Sesame Street actor and producer Matt Robinson, also shared her tribute to McGrath on social media.
She said: “This news broke me! I first met Bob McGrath in 1969 when my father and he co-starred in #SesameStreet. He’s the one you saw on TV.
“The best, sweetest, kindest man. The first time my brother and I went to Sesame Street, we had this scene with him. Rest in peace, Bob McGrath. You have been loved all over the world.
McGrath is survived by his wife, Ann Logan Sperry, and their five children.
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