Muppets Puppeteer John Henson Dead at 48

John Henson Dead MuppetsJohn Henson, puppeteer and son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 48.

The Jim Henson Company announced Henson’s death on its Facebook page Saturday.

In addition to serving as a board member and shareholder in the company behind The Muppets, Henson also performed as Sweetums the ogre in movies like Muppet Treasure Island and The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and in various specials.

Henson is survived by his wife, Gyongyi, and daughters Katrina and Sydney.

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  1. Studz says:

    This is tragic news. 48 is far too young to go. RIP Mr. Henson.

    • carr says:

      hearts are too big more like hearts as kids and can not live without the second pupeteer and he was the master farr to young to die. I was a child when his father died and know I am a year younger and he dies too much life yet to live will miss

  2. steven says:

    Wow, he was younger than his father when he died. R.I.P.

  3. Diz says:

    RIP, that family has had a tough go of things.

  4. Linderella says:

    Sad, sad news for the Henson family and all those who consider the many Muppets members of their family. Condolences to his wife and daughters.

  5. Pat says:

    Very sad news and so young. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. He is now with his Dad in Heaven and I know they are both working on the angelic muppets, for all of us to enjoy when we pass. May You Rest In Peace, Mr. Henson.

  6. Phillip Jackson says:

    Excellent coverage of Legacy on short life. Blessings and Grace to entire Family. The years to come will be fruitful. Call when have time

  7. Joey says:

    Sad news and so young. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  8. keith says:

    I loved him on talk soup.

  9. tony says:

    Rip skunk boy.

  10. Et al says:

    Was he involved in the upcoming SyFy series?

  11. Diane says:

    R.I.P. Jim. Thank you for all you contributed to children with “The Muppets”.

  12. Polly says:

    Such a sad news :(

  13. J.Norman says:

    There does not seem to be very much longevity in his family. His dad died at 53 and now John is gone at 48.

  14. A Detective says:

    I believe his sister murdered him.