Fans across the country are mourning the death of legendary puppeteer who brought us Sesame Street's 'Big Bird' and 'Oscar The Grouch.'
Carol Spinney, who was behind the two beloved characters, died today at age 85, at his home in Connecticut. Spinney is survived by his beloved wife, Debra, and all of his children and grandchildren.
The kid's programming legend suffered from Dystonia for some time, which is described as, "a movement disorder in which a person's muscles contract uncontrollably. The contraction causes the affected body part to twist involuntarily, resulting in repetitive movements or abnormal postures."
Sesame Street confirmed the death, saying, "Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending. His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.