The American puppeteer Caroll Spinney, famous for his work in the program Sesame Street, He died on Sunday at his home in Connecticut, confirmed the official account of the program on Twitter.
Spinney had 85 years and for several years he suffered a disease called dystonia.
The puppeteer handled the characters of Big Bird (Paco Pico in Spain) and that of Oscar the Grudge (Óscar el Gruñón in Spain), two of the most famous and remembered dolls of the program. Spinney also gave them a voice.
Spinney started working in the popular space since 1969 and continued working until last year.
According to the statement issued by the program, "Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving way of seeing life shaped and defined Sesame Street from its first days in 1969 to five decades later. His legacy in the Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament it will be endless. "
Spinney began to develop his love for puppets at five years of age and during his childhood and adolescence he made his first performances to be able to earn money and pay for his studies. After serving in the United States Air Force, Spinney worked as a professional puppeteer in Las Vegas and Boston in the 50s and 60s, until he met Jim Henson, the creator of muppets, who incorporated it in 1969 to the cast of Sesame Street.
Spinney's work earned him two Grammy and six Emmy, in addition to an honorary one in 2006. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2014 a documentary called I Am Big Bird summed up his life, closely linked to Sesame Street, to the point that he met his wife, Debra, on the set where the program was recorded, in 1973.