Skip to comments.Puppeteer John Henson, son of 'Muppets' creator Jim Henson, dies at 48
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.
Darn. Bad genes.
Very sad to die so young. Didn’t his father also die relatively young?
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.
Yes; Jim Henson was only 53 when he died.
Kermit is weeping, yet again.
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.
"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.
Ditto ... what a great legacy of muppets they left behind. Fraggle Rock and Dinosaurs were absolutely brilliant.
Sad, his dad died young-ish too.
Dad died at 53, son died at 48....
No shortage of great shows with guest stars.
Oh my gosh. That is so sad. He was still relatively young.
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?
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.
Father Jim died at 52
They always die in threes.
Ralph Waite, too.
now that nasa is doing moslem outreach how i miss Pigs In Space
It is like the Henson Curse or something...
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.
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.
Antibiotics don’t work in pus and it’s really hard to drain pus from lungs.
“never let the sun set on pus”
Oh, so sad!!
Reminds me of when Bruce Lee’s son died around the same age that his father died.
My father's lifespan was 17 days longer than his mother's. They were blessed with much longer lives than Elvis or his mother.
genetics is a tough thing to avoid.
prayers for the family
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.
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.
I believe that Jim Henson died early from an undiagnosed (until too late) case of pneumonia.