Saturday would have been legendary puppeteer Jim Henson‘s 80th birthday, and to commemorate the anniversary, “Sesame Street” paid tribute to the man who was instrumental in popularizing the series.
“Happy birthday, Jim,” the series tweeted. “We miss you every day.”
The message was accompanied by a photo of Henson, who died in 1990 at age 53, operating the puppet Ernie.
The puppeteer was similarly feted on the official Twitter account of The Muppets, which Henson created.
“Today we celebrate Jim Henson‘s 80th birthday,” the message read. “Thanks for making magic with us for so many years, Jim. We miss you.”
“The Secret Life of Pets” and “Puss in Boots” screenwriter Brian Lynch also paid tribute to Henson, writing, “Happy 80th Birthday Jim Henson! You are missed.” Lynch included a clip from 1979’s “The Muppet Movie,” of Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear performing “Movin’ Right Along.”
Read the tributes below.
Happy birthday, Jim. We miss you every day. pic.twitter.com/IilBlox6jv
– Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) September 24, 2016
– The Muppets (@TheMuppets) September 24, 2016
– Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) September 24, 2016