BREAKING: Children’s television icon passes away at the age of 90

Children's television icon passes away at the age of 90

Bob McGrath, an original cast member of the iconic children’s television show Sesame Street, passed away peacefully at home, aged 90.


Bob McGrath, the veteran actor who was one of the original cast members of the hit children’s television show Sesame Street passed away today, Monday, December 5, at the age of 90. He was an integral part of the show and was one of the actual human stars among the colourful characters.

“Hello Facebook friends, the McGrath family has some sad news to share. Our father Bob McGrath, passed away today. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family”, confirmed his family on Bob’s official Facebook page. their post was accompanied by an image of the star, with the dates 1932-2022.


Sesame Street ran for an incredible 47 seasons and Bob was featured in the very first pilot episode back in 1969. For more than 50 years he continued appearing, until his last episode in 2017 which was titled ‘Having A Ball’.

Bob was a part of the kids’ TV show for over four decades after first featuring on the show’s pilot in 1969. He went on to feature in a further 47 seasons. His final episode on the show was an episode titled Having a Ball which aired in 2017.

Despite no longer working in front of the cameras, Bob continued making public appearances at events to promote the franchise. he also worked on ‘Sesame Workshop’ behind the scenes.

“Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years”, read a tweet on the Sesame Workshop profile.

It continued: “A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world, whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighbourhood, or the simple joy of feeling the music in their hearts”.

“A revered performer worldwide, Bob’s rich tenor filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over. We will be forever grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honoured that he shared so much of his life with us”, it concluded.

During his long career on the show, Bob was responsible for introducing the musical side into episodes. His original songs that became household family tunes included ‘If You’re Happy And You Know It’, ‘Sing A Song’, and ‘People in Your Neighbourhood’. Even the famous Sesame Street theme tune was even Bob’s creation.


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