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Jerry Nelson
Jerry L. Nelson

July 10, 1934
Died August 23, 2012(2012-08-23) (aged 78)
Cause of death Prostate cancer, COPD and Emphysema
Nationality American
Occupation Puppeteer, voice actor, singer
Years active 1965 – 2012
Known for The Muppet Show,
Sesame Street
Spouse(s) Jan Nelson
(? – 2012; his death)
Children 1 daughter

Jerry L. Nelson (July 10, 1934 – August 23, 2012) was an American puppeteer. He was best known for his work with The Muppets. He was known for his wide range of characters and singing abilities. He performed Muppet characters on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and various Muppet movies and specials.

Nelson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He worked as a puppeteer from 1965 until 2011. He died on August 23, 2012 from complications of prostate cancer in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Nelson also suffered emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).. He was 78 years old.

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