Michael Earl has passed away today at the age of 56. Earl had been fighting cancer for at least a couple of years. You may know him as the second performer of Mr. Snufflupagus and Slimey the Worm. He also originated characters such as Forgetful Jones and Polly Darton. Outside of Sesame Street he was an occasional additional performer for Muppet productions such as "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and The Muppet Movie. This is a Facebook post from one of his friends: "I remember seeing his name on the credits after one of the Muppet movies!! Fantastic! A few years ago, we connected on Facebook. The strength he showed while fighting cancer was admirable and courageous. There are also no words to describe my sorrow. Rest in peace , Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with Annyd Jensen and Dan Curtis and the rest of the family."