The entertainment world today collectively mourned the passing of a giant of children's television - Cookie Monster. Cookie was found slumped on the floor in his kitchen, after apparently suffering a massive heart attack. He was 57.
He was born Charles 'Cookie' Munstrovich in Harlem, New York in 1951 to poor russian immigrant parents. His genetic condition which led to his blue hair was inherited from his mothers side of the family.
He started in the circus at age 8 performing as 'the Blue Haired child of Atlantis' before getting his own show on Fox News as a replacement for Rush Limbaugh who was in rehab. It was during this period that he was head-hunted for the award-winning children's show Sesame Street.
His love of cookies was well-known and is thought to have had a direct role in his death. He was over 30 stone and had diabetes and cholesterol problems.
His last words were 'Cookie!'