John Henson, Muppets Puppeteer and Son of Jim Henson, Dies of Heart Attack at 48

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John Henson, the Muppets puppeteer and son of the legendary Jim Henson, has died of a heart attack.

He was 48.

Henson was a puppeteer and performer for his father’s creations, including a long stint as the beloved ogre Sweetums.

The Jim Henson Company confirmed the news on Saturday.

“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 organization said in a Facebook statement.

It added, “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.”

Jim Henson died when he was just 53 in 1990.

Below is footage of Big Bird’s heartbreaking appearance at his memorial service.

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