Richard Hunt, 40 a performer who gave life to scores of characters on "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock" and "The Muppet Show," has died.
Hunt died Tuesday of complications from AIDS, said Susan Berry, a spokeswoman for Jim Henson Producitons.
"Sesame Street" director Jon Stone said, "He came to us a wide-eyed 18 year old and grew into a master puppeteer and inspired teacher."
To "Sesame Street" fans, he was Don Music, Sully the construction worker and cowboy Forgetful Jones. He also brought to life Gladys the Cow - who possessed a Julia Child-type voice - and opera star Placido Flamingo.
In the role of the latter, he often performed with his human counterpart, Placido Domingo, as well as other opera and classical music greats.
On "The Muppet Show," Hunt was the ever-whining and much dumped-on Beaker, throaty jazz aficionado Janice, Scooter, Statler and Sweetums.