Jarrod Fairclough – It is with tremendous sadness that we report that Caroll Spinney, beloved performer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 50 years, has passed away.
Caroll was the epitome of a legend. For five decades he touched the hearts of billions of people around the world, teaching us how to love and laugh, teaching us how to count and even what the alphabet sounds like when pronounced as one word.
Think about it, literally every person you know is familar with Big Bird and Oscar – Caroll had the rare oppotunity to have that reach, and he used it for the most pure good anyone could.
This is an extremely sad day, not just for Muppet fans, but for the world. It’s impossible for me to sum the man up here, so I’m dedicating this week to him.
Thank you Caroll.
We love you.