Emmy-winning composer Stephen J. Lawrence, whose work on the TV show Sesame Street spanned decades, has died at the age of 82, the non-profit organisation behind the children’s series says.
The musician wrote “more than 300 beloved songs and scores” during his tenure with Sesame Street, the Sesame Workshop said on Monday.
“Thank you for bringing smiles, laughter, and the gift of music to our neighborhood,” the organisation wrote in a Twitter tribute.
A cause of death was not released for Lawrence, who died last Thursday in New Jersey, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Lawrence worked on Sesame Street for more than 30 years, Sesame Workshop said, his lengthy stint with the franchise beginning during the 1980s.
He won three Emmys for his contributions to the show, each for outstanding achievement in music direction and composition. He received the honours in 1990, 2002 and 2003.
Lawrence served as the composer on multiple movies during his career, including the 1976 drama Dragonfly, the 1976 crime film Alice Sweet Alice and the 1978 thriller Mirrors.