John Henson dies: Son of Muppet creator Jim Henson was 48

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John Henson of the famed Muppet family has died at the age of 48. The younger son of Muppet creator Jim Henson, John had followed his parents and siblings into the family business.

The Jim Henson Company Facebook page announced the news on Saturday (Feb. 15). Henson died of a sudden heart attack at his home on Friday, Feb. 14. He is survived by four siblings -- Lisa, Cheryl, Brian and Heather -- along with a wife, Gyongyi, and daughters Katrina and Sydney.

Like almost everyone in the Henson family, John had a long history with the Muppets and other Jim Henson projects. He performed the over-sized character of Sweetums starting in the 1990s. John was also a shareholder and board member of the Jim Henson Company.

A private service is being planned.

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