Ben Van Houten, the father of the famous Van Houten sextuplets born in 2004, died at the age of 39 while assembling a trampoline for the kids. ABC Local reports April 11 that the Holland, Mich. dad was busy setting up the structure and playing with his children when he died, according to a relative. Van Houten died Wednesday night of a sudden heart attack, Sue Herweyer of Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes said.
Amy Van Houten gave birth to six babies in a three-day period in 2004 at a hospital in Grand Rapids. The children are now 10 years-old and have a seven-year-old sister. The sextuplets were extremely small when they were born, weighing only two pounds and ounce each. Two of the sextuplets have cerebral palsy.
Heart attacks were in Ben Van Houten's family history. His own father died at the age of 40 from a heart attack.
As Daily Mail reported, Van Houten's father-in-law Calvin Reimink, said "to know Ben for even one day would be a blessing."
The death of Ben Van Houten at such a young age is a tragic shock. His children were present when he collapsed from a heart attack. Now they must go through life without their father. The sextuplets' dad died one year younger than his father. Hopefully none of his children will face the same fate later on.