Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, January 20, 2012

31 of 186: Jerry Nelson, who voiced The Count von Count and several other Muppets on the children's program 'Sesame Street,' has died at age 78, the Jim Henson Company confirmed on August 24.

Nelson met Jim Henson at NBC affiliate WRC in Washington D.C., where The Muppets first came to be. The pair worked as puppeteers after moving to New York City in the 1960's and Nelson joined 'Sesame Street' in the 1970's and 'The Muppet Show' in the 1980's.

In addition to The Count, Nelson also created Muppet characters Mr. Snuffleupagus, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Dr. Julius Strangepork and Camilla the Chicken. He also played 'Fraggle Rock' creature Gobo Fraggle.

(Pictured: The Count appears in a photo from Sesame Street's official Facebook page. / Jerry Nelson appears in an undated photo from the official Sesame Street website.) (Facebook.com/SesameStreet / SesameWorkshop.org)