DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Richard Hunt (aged 40)
-American puppeteer (The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock)
Richard Hunt (17 August 1951 – 7 January 1992) was an American puppeteer, best known as a Muppet performer on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and several Muppet movies. His Muppet roles included Scooter, Statler, Janice, Beaker and Sweetums.
DEATH: On 7 January 1992, Hunt died of HIV/AIDS related complications at Cabrini Hospice in Manhattan; he was 40. Episode 3136 of Sesame Street, as well as The Muppet Christmas Carol were dedicated to his memory. Following Hunt’s death, his primary Muppetcharacters, Scooter and Janice, were puppeteered by David Rudman.