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The Muppets' John Henson passes away at age 48

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Feb 15, 2014 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
John Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 14. Henson, 48, had a heart attack at his home in Saugerties, New York. He followed in his father's puppeteering career and was the puppeteer for Sweetums the ogre from 1996-2005. One of his performances was playing Sweetums for the video portion of Muppet Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The Henson Company released a statement, saying, "It is with great sadness that we confirm that John Henson, son of Jim and Jane Henson and brother to Lisa, Cheryl, Brian and Heather, died at age 48 of a sudden massive heart attack on Friday, February 14, while at home with his daughter. John served as a shareholder and board member of The Jim Henson Company. He leaves two daughters, Katrina (15) and Sydney (10) and his wife Gyongyi. A private service is being planned."