Bob McGrath, one of the original hosts of the children’s show “Sesame Street,” is dead.
In a post on his Facebook page, McGrath’s family said he died on Sunday at the age of 90, “at home peacefully, surrounded by his family”.
McGrath was a part of the show since its premiere episode in 1969 and remained until 2016. During McGrath’s time on the show, “Sesame Street” became a highly celebrated educational show for kids, winning 167 Emmy Awards.
American actress Holly Robinson Peete said McGrath was the “kindest, sweetest, nicest man” on Twitter and posted a video of the two of them, along with Peete’s brother, feeding a goat at the show.
Brian Lynch, a screenwriter for children’s films, went to Twitter to “thank” McGrath.
Actor and comedian Shalyah Evans posted on Twitter, the “Sesame Street gang feels (sic) like family.”
Author and media personality Ken Plume tweeted McGrath was a ‘youth icon’.
McGrath even received praise from abroad. British visual artist James Hance told the first time they met, tweeting, “He greeted everyone he met like an old friend, and when he grew up and looked at him, it really felt like he was.”
Some Canadians had a special connection with McGrath: The Illinois native hosted Telemiracle, an annual 20-hour charity telethon in Saskatchewan, for nearly 40 years before calling it quits in 2015.
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