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Sweetums Puppeteer, John Henson, Passes @ 48

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Sweetums, performed by John Henson, was always one of my favorite characters in The Muppets. Today my heart is heavy to know that his puppeteer (and one of The Muppets creator’s sons), John Henson, has passed away at the young age of 48. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, and 4 siblings.

(GOOD HOLLYWOOD)John Henson, puppeteer and son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 48.

Jim directing son John as Sweetums

Jim directing son John as Sweetums

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

“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.”

John in Sweetums' puppet

John in Sweetums’ puppet

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.

{FROM LGR: Our condolences to his family, friends, co-workers and fans world-wide.}

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