"SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — John Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died in New York. He was 48.
Cheryl Henson says her brother died of a “massive heart attack” at his home in Saugerties on Friday.
She says it happened after he had been building an igloo in the snow with his daughter.
Henson followed in his famous father’s footsteps as a puppeteer, performing as Sweetums the ogre in several films, including “Muppet Treasure Island” and “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.”
He was also a shareholder and board member of the Jim Henson Company.
Henson’s visionary father was similarly taken too soon, dying suddenly of organ failure in 1990 at age 53. “
A very sad loss, and even more tragic as it echoes the early death of his father. John was not involved much with the Muppets, regretfully, after the mid-90’s, and not a part of Disney’s involvement in making new films and web content with the characters in the 2000’s.