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John Henson dies of sudden heart attack

son of Muppet great succumbs to early death
son of Muppet great succumbs to early death
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Following in the footsteps of his famous father, Muppet creator Jim Henson, John Henson dies at 48. Teachers and educators are saddened by the news as are Muppets fans everywhere. In the report on http://www.usmagazine.com today (February 16): "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."

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

"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," added US.

"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," according to the report.

Staten Island Muppets fans, we have lost another visionary voice too soon. Tell us what The Muppets meant to you. We look forward to your feedback on this site.