“Sesame Street” legend Bob McGrath has died at the age of 90

Bob McGrath, an actor, musician and children’s author best known for playing one of the first regular characters on the children’s show Sesame Street, has died at the age of 90.

McGrath’s death was confirmed by his family, who posted on his Facebook page on Sunday: “The McGrath family has sad news to share. Our father Bob McGrath passed away today. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.”

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Sesame Workshop tweeted Sunday night that it “mourns the loss of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years.”

McGrath was a founding member of “Sesame Street” when the show premiered in 1969, playing a friendly neighbor, Bob Johnson. He made his final appearance on the show in 2017, marking a nearly five-decade figure in the world of “Sesame Street.”

The actor grew up in Illinois and studied music at the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music. He was also a singer in the ’60s series Sing Along With Mitch and started a successful overseas singing career in Japan.

“A globally revered artist, Bob’s rich tenor has filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times,” said Sesame Workshop. “We will forever be grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.”

He is survived by his wife, Ann Logan Sperry, and their five children.

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