Big Bird learns about death View this video on YouTube In 1982, the actor who played Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street, Will Lee, died of a heart attack. After deliberation, the Sesame Street team decided to let the character die too, and took this moment to talk about death. The "Farewell, Mr. Hooper" episode aired Nov. 24, 1983. You might want to grab some tissues. A PSA brought to you by "Sesame Street" View this video on YouTube youtube.com / Via Facebook: SesameStreet sesameworkshop.org Sesame street also offers more information to help parents and caregivers speak with children about emergency events. pbs.org Sesame Street and Katie Couric did an hour-long special called When Families Grieve that addresses death in the family. fci.org Mister Rogers — another PBS classic — has a few words of advice on how to talk with children about tragedy.