Sesame Street co-founder Lloyd Morrisett dies aged 93

Lloyd Morrisett, co-founder of popular children’s TV show Sesame Street, has died aged 93.

The psychologist has been praised for leaving an “outsized and indelible legacy” among generations of children around the world.

Dr Morrisett was one of the pioneers in the use of technology to educate and is said to have been the first person to consider using television to teach young children basic skills.

His death was announced via Sesame Workshop on Tuesday, although no further details were given.

“Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of our esteemed and beloved co-founder Lloyd N Morrisett, PhD, who passed away at the age of 93,” read a statement on the organization’s Twitter page.

“An Honorary Lifetime Trustee, Lloyd leaves an immeasurable and indelible legacy among generations of children around the world, Sesame Street being but the most visible tribute to a lifetime of good work and lasting impact.”

The statement continued: “A wise, thoughtful and above all kind leader of the Atelier for decades, Lloyd was fascinated by the power of technology and constantly thought of new ways to use it to educate.”

Sharing a quote from co-founder and close friend of Morrisett, Joan Ganz Cooney, he added: “Without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no Sesame Street.

“He was the one who came up with the idea of ​​using television to teach preschoolers basic skills, like letters and numbers.

“He was a trusted partner and loyal friend to me for over fifty years, and he will be greatly missed.”

Sesame Street first premiered on public television on November 10, 1969 and is still airing today.

The news comes just under two months after the death of Bob McGrath, one of its first non-Muppet regular characters on the show, who died aged 90.