Similar to Frank Oz, Jerry had retired from performing his Classic Muppet characters (and I certainly do commend Matt Vogel for the terrific job he did giving those characters new life in The Muppets (2011)), and while health reasons prevented him from doing any actual puppetry, he still continued to dub the voices of his beloved and cherished Sesame Street characters. Still, in spite of the fact that we knew he wasn't in the best of health, and was living on borrowed time, to me, this still seems too soon, and too sudden. This has certainly been a rather bad year for celebrity deaths, but this one hits much closer to home for me (like Andy Griffith last month)... I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Jerry has left us now. I do know, though, that my fellow Muppet Freaks will always and forever keep his legacy alive for many more years to come... so, why not take the time today to revisit some of those memories of yesteryears: count along with The Count, have a peanut butter sandwich while watching Mumford screw up his latest magic trick, let the sounds of the man with a thousand magnificent voices fill your head as you sing along to the songs you grew up with, and remember the joy and happiness the man, the Muppeteer, the legend brought to us.
We'll certainly miss you Jerry Nelson. Thank you for all that you've brought to us. Say hello to Jim Henson and Richard Hunt for us.