John Henson, a puppeteer and the son of legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson, died today of a sudden heart attack.
He was 48 years old.
The Jim Henson Company confirmed Henson’s death on its Facebook page Saturday via the following statement:
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.
Along with serving as a board member/shareholder in the company responsible for The Muppets, Henson also performed as Sweetums the ogre in movies such as Muppet Treasure Island and The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.
We send our condolences to his loved ones.