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Sesame Street co-creator Lloyd Morrisett has died at 93, the Sesame Workshop announced on Monday in a tweet.

“A Lifetime Honorary Trustee, Lloyd leaves an outsized and indelible legacy among generations of children the world over, with Sesame Street only the most visible tribute to a lifetime of good work and lasting impact.”

Sesame Street’s first episode premiered on November 10, 1969, and was created by Morrisett and Joan Ganz Cooney. The children’s series combines live action with sketch comedy and puppetry. The show originally premiered on HBO and is now available on HBO Max.

Morrisett co-founded Children’s Television Shop, now recognized as Sesame Workshop since June 2000.

Co-founder Cooney wrote in a statement about the passing of a dear friend and co-founder.

“Without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no Sesame Street. It was he who first came up with the notion of using television to teach preschoolers basic skills, such as letters and numbers. He was a trusted partner and loyal friend to me for over fifty years, and he will be sorely missed.”


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