Bob McGrath, an original cast member of the beloved children’s show “Sesame Street,” has passed away, according to statements from his family and Sesame Workshop shared on social media.
He was 90.
“The McGrath family has sad news to report. Our father Bob McGrath passed away today. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family,” the family statement read on Facebook.
The Sesame Workshop paid tribute to McGrath’s nearly five decades on the show in a thread on Twitter.
“As a founding member of the cast, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no other, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world,” the statement said. “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.”
McGrath appeared in the pilot “Sesame Street” in 1969 and went on to work on 47 seasons of the show as Bob Johnson, leaving the series in 2017 but still representing the series at various events over the years.
The actor, who was also an accomplished tenor and musician, performed many times in “concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo,” according to Sesame Workshop. McGrath helped make some of “Sesame Street”‘s best-known songs — such as “People in Your Neighborhood” and “Sing a Song” — memorable childhood classics.
“Sesame Street” cast member Alan Muraoka paid tribute to his “role model”.
Words cannot express what Bob meant to me: a role model, a mentor, a friend. His kindness and wicked sense of humor were so much fun, and I loved him so much,” Muraoka wrote on Instagram. “Rest in peace my friend. You did a good job.”