Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer best known for giving voice to Count von Count, the silly but instructional vampire mathematician on television's "Sesame Street," died Thursday at his home in Cape Cod, Mass., the Sesame Workshop announced. He was 78.
Nelson had suffered from emphysema for several years.
"Every description of his characters described Jerry, as well. Silly, funny, vulnerable, passionate and musical, for sure," said Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of "Sesame Street." "That voice of his was superb."
For the Count — with his flowing vampire cape and purple face — Nelson did a voice influenced by Bela Lugosi, an actor...