Bob McGrath, a beloved character on the iconic children’s television program Sesame Street, has passed away at the age of 90.
Born in Ottawa, Illinois, McGrath was a singer, musician, and author of children’s books before joining the cast of Sesame Street in 1969. Over the course of 47 seasons, he appeared in 460 episodes as an instructor and musician, singing many of the show’s most beloved songs.
Among these were “People in Your Neighborhood,” “Sing a Song,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” and the show’s iconic theme song. Despite leaving his on-screen roles in 2017, McGrath continued to work with Sesame Workshop, presenting at public events and serving as an ambassador for the organization.
On Facebook, McGrath’s family announced his passing, saying, “He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.” Sesame Workshop has expressed its condolences on Twitter.