David Smyrl, known widely for his role as retired friendly firefighter Mr. Handford on Sesame Street, has lost his battle with lung cancer, Variety reports.

The death of the 80-year-old was confirmed by his wife,¬†Cheryl. The actor passed on Tuesday near Philadelphia. The Philly native began his career in the ’70s with roles on Express Yourself and Benson, with the latter earning him a People’s Choice Award. Smyrl then dipped into the background as a writer on The Cosby Show and also played contractor Sam Lucas.

He found a concrete spot on Sesame Street as Mr. Handford, who ran Hooper’s Store on the show from 1990 to 1998. Fans took to Twitter to offer¬†condolences to the beloved actor.

Smyrl is survived by his wife and stepson, Pancho Scott. Funeral services will take place on Monday.

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