John Henson, Son of Famed MUPPETS Creator, Dies at 48

John Henson, Son of Famed MUPPETS Creator, Dies at 48

The Wrap reports that John Henson, son of famed Muppets creator Jim Henson, passed away on Friday, February 14th at the age of 48. According to a statement on the Jim Henson Company's official Facebook page, Henson died of a sudden heart attack.

Like his father, Henson was both a puppeteer and performer for the Muppets, and was best known for the character of the ogre 'Sweetums' from the late 1980's through 2005. Sweetums was featured on the big screen in the successful Muppet movie franchise.

The world was stunned in 1990 when John's famous father, Jim Henson passed away suddenly at the age of 53 from abscesses in his lungs.

John Henson served as a Jim Henson Company shareholder and board member.

The statement posted on the The Henson Company's Facebook page follows:

"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."

The new Muppets film, "Muppets Most Wanted," opens on March 21.

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