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Puppeteer John Henson, son of 'Muppets' creator Jim Henson, dies at 48
EW ^ | February 15, 2014

Posted on 02/15/2014 3:37:18 PM PST by SMGFan

John Henson, a second-generation puppeteer, has died at age 48. Henson — son of Muppets creator Jim Henson — suffered a sudden heart attack on Friday. The news was confirmed by the official Facebook page for the Jim Henson Company, of which John Henson was a shareholder and board member. The younger Henson also worked on several Muppets projects, playing the character Sweetums in films including Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets From Space. He is survived by his wife, Gyongyi, and two daughters.


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Sad, I remember when his dad died.
1 posted on 02/15/2014 3:37:18 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Darn. Bad genes.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 3:38:20 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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To: SMGFan

Very sad to die so young. Didn’t his father also die relatively young?


3 posted on 02/15/2014 3:39:07 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: SMGFan

I’m wondering whether they had some sort of genetic anomaly like marfan syndrome. I remember that Jim Hendrix was tall. Was John the baby in The Labyrinth? I think he or his brother (if he has one) was the baby. We loved that movie. “You have no power over me.” sad that he died.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 3:39:42 PM PST by Mercat
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To: clintonh8r

Yes; Jim Henson was only 53 when he died.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 3:44:52 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: SMGFan

Oh, crap.

Kermit is weeping, yet again.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 3:44:58 PM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: SMGFan

7 posted on 02/15/2014 3:48:22 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: SMGFan
Jim Henson, gone for ~24 years.

RIP.

8 posted on 02/15/2014 3:48:24 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Mercat
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/John_Henson

As a child, Henson appeared in his father's Numerosity films for Sesame Street as a boy showcasing "10 bells" and in the film "Memories" for Bufferin as the narrator's son.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts1WvLWbwEw

9 posted on 02/15/2014 3:48:52 PM PST by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: Tax-chick
"(Jim) Henson died on May 16, 1990, of organ failure resulting from a Group A streptococcal infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes."

"John Henson ... died at age 48 of a sudden massive heart attack on Friday, February 14, while at home with his daughter."

Two completely unrelated causes.

10 posted on 02/15/2014 3:50:04 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: SMGFan

Ditto ... what a great legacy of muppets they left behind. Fraggle Rock and Dinosaurs were absolutely brilliant.


11 posted on 02/15/2014 3:54:46 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: Sooth2222
One Streptococcus pyogenes infection is strep throat. (There are several others, impetigo, necrotizing fasciitis, and other nasty infections.)

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12 posted on 02/15/2014 3:58:30 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: SMGFan

RIP.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 3:58:34 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SMGFan

Sad, his dad died young-ish too.
Dad died at 53, son died at 48....


14 posted on 02/15/2014 3:58:58 PM PST by yield 2 the right
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To: NYer

No shortage of great shows with guest stars.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 4:02:01 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SMGFan

Oh my gosh. That is so sad. He was still relatively young.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 4:20:02 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: SMGFan

How sad.

Jim Henson’s death still feels like a punch in the gut. He still had so much he could have done. Now for his son to die young too?


17 posted on 02/15/2014 4:24:24 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: yield 2 the right

I knew a family who had 3 adult kids die within 5 years of each other....all were in their 40s or younger, and had seemingly been healthy before suddenly dying.

It was a congenital heart problem... Very sad, and the parents in their 70s soon joined them, probably of broken hearts themselves.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 4:28:23 PM PST by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG!)
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To: clintonh8r

Father Jim died at 52


19 posted on 02/15/2014 4:38:08 PM PST by G Larry
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To: G Larry
Shirley Temple, Sid Caesar, John Henson...

They always die in threes.

20 posted on 02/15/2014 4:58:39 PM PST by billorites (nichtarbeit macht frei)
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To: billorites

Ralph Waite, too.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 5:02:49 PM PST by Andy'smom
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To: SMGFan

now that nasa is doing moslem outreach how i miss Pigs In Space


22 posted on 02/15/2014 5:07:58 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: SMGFan

It is like the Henson Curse or something...


23 posted on 02/15/2014 5:14:34 PM PST by GraceG
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

When his father passed, a friend or associate was quoted as saying he had a cavalier attitude toward his own health. Maybe both of them just got the shaft from heredity. Thanks SMGFan.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 5:39:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Seaplaner
I had to look up Jim Henson on Wikipedia. He WAS very cavalier about his health. Sure Strep Pyogenes is usually associated with sore throats, but by the time he hit the hospital he was quite ill and developed abscesses in his lungs.

Which killed him.

I always heard it was "pneumonia". Lung abscesses are quite a bit beyond regular "pneumonia".

Still should have been succeptible to antibiotics.

We had good ones in 1990.

Guess because of his delaying treatment, it was too late, regardless.

25 posted on 02/15/2014 6:00:41 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: boop

Antibiotics don’t work in pus and it’s really hard to drain pus from lungs.

“never let the sun set on pus”


26 posted on 02/15/2014 7:12:58 PM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: SMGFan

Oh, so sad!!

Reminds me of when Bruce Lee’s son died around the same age that his father died.

Family curse??


27 posted on 02/15/2014 7:27:36 PM PST by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: Bon of Babble
I seem to recall hearing that Elvis Presley's lifespan was two days longer than his mother's.

My father's lifespan was 17 days longer than his mother's. They were blessed with much longer lives than Elvis or his mother.

28 posted on 02/15/2014 7:59:56 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: SMGFan

genetics is a tough thing to avoid.

prayers for the family


29 posted on 02/15/2014 8:18:48 PM PST by Nifster
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To: boop
Usually strep is mild and responds to antibiotics, but that year there was an outbreak of an especially nasty strain of that strep germ...article here.

There was an outbreak during World War II and the germ sort of quieted down since then, but we still see small outbreaks of invasive strep/septicemia/flesh eating bacteria etc. Luckily, penicillin works: but people can die if they don't get diagnosed. In Henson's case, he thought it was the flu (a virus) and so didn't seek treatment.

as for the son's death: yes, people die of heart attacks in their 40's. It's not as common as in the past but it still happens. High cholesterol is the main cause, by my husband's family has some sort of "sudden death" gene so we lose one or two men each generation. It's never been diagnosed, even though half the family are docs...maybe because we live in the rural Philippines where autopsies are rare.

30 posted on 02/15/2014 10:13:39 PM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: LadyDoc

opps: I should have said Jim Henson delayed going to a doctor because he thought it was the flu, and when he presented to the ER after one or two days, he was already very sick. This is a really fast spreading infection that can kill quickly.


31 posted on 02/15/2014 10:17:07 PM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: clintonh8r

I believe that Jim Henson died early from an undiagnosed (until too late) case of pneumonia.


32 posted on 02/16/2014 4:48:37 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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