John Henson, Son of Muppets Creator Jim Henson, Dies of Sudden Heart Attack at Age 48

Celebrity News Feb. 15, 2014 AT 5:25PM
John Henson John Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, died at age 48 of a sudden heart attack on Feb. 14. Credit: D Dipasupil/Getty Images

It's a sad day for Muppets fans. John Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson died of a sudden heart attack on Feb. 14. 

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A rep for The Jim Henson company confirmed this news on its official Facebook page on Saturday, Feb. 15. 

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"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," the rep said in a statement. "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."

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John's famous father passed away in May 1990 at age 53 from an abscesses in his lungs. John was a puppeteer for the Muppets and performed as Sweetums the ogre in a variety of films including The Muppets' Wizard of Oz and Muppet Treasure Island

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