Bob McGrath, a figure loved by children of all generations and an original cast member of Sesame Street, died on Sunday.
McGrath was 90 when he died.
His family and Sesame Workshop released statements on social media to announce his death.
Bob McGrath’s family shared the news via Facebook, writing:
“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.”
Meanwhile, the Sesame Workshop paid tribute to the actor’s nearly five-decade career on the show with a Twitter thread.
“A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performance brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world.”
“We will be forever grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.”
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Bob McGrath played Bob Johnson in the Sesame Street pilot in 1969 and stayed for 47 years.
Although he left the main cast in 2017, McGrath still represented Sesame Street at various events following his exit from the show.
Bob McGrath was also an accomplished tenor and musician.
He performed in concert halls across the world, playing shows in Las Vegas, Saskatchewan, and Tokyo, to name a few.
McGrath has also produced several children’s songs for Sesame Street, including some of the most popular songs such as People in Your Neighborhood and Sing a Song.
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Sesame Street cast member Alan Muraoka took to Instagram to pay his respects when news broke of Bob McGrath’s death.
“Words cannot begin to express what Bob meant to me: a role model, a mentor, a friend,” Muraoka wrote.
“His kindness and wicked sense of humor were such a joy, and I loved him so much. Rest well, my friend. You did good.”
Bob McGrath was asked about his takeaways from being on the program in a 2015 interview.
“You can’t help but be influenced by all of the wonderful research and good messages that are shown on ‘Sesame Street,'” said McGrath.
“I learned how important it is to listen, really listen, carefully to what your children have to say.”
Bob McGrath, original ‘Sesame Street’ cast member, dead at 90