So sad. The son of Jim Henson, who created the Muppets, died suddenly on Feb. 14 after suffering a fatal heart attack. He was just 48 years old.
The Henson family has sadly lost another member. John Henson, the son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, died of a sudden heart attack on Feb. 14. John was a puppeteer for his father’s Muppets and he also starred in many of the Muppets movies.
Jim Henson’s Son Dies At 48
A rep for The Jim Henson company confirmed John’s sudden death on its official Facebook page on Feb. 15:
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.
What a sad tragedy. John was still so young at 48 years old, and to learn that he was with his daughter when he suffered his fatal heart attack makes the news that much more heartbreaking.
John’s father Jim, the name in puppeteering and animation, died in May 1990 at the age of 53 from an abscesses in his lungs. John had always been a big part of Jim’s work, beyond simply serving as a board member. He also controlled many of the Muppets throughout the years as a puppeteer, and he also played Sweetums the ogre in a variety of films including The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and Muppet Treasure Island.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Henson family during this difficult time.
— Andrew Gruttadaro