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John Henson, Son Of Jim Henson, Passes Away At 48

John Henson, Son Of Jim Henson, Passes Away At 48

John Henson, son of the creator of the Muppets, the late Jim Henson, passed away Friday after suffering a massive heart attack. The Jim Henson Company confirmed the tragic news on their official Facebook page:

Survived by his two daughters and his wife Gyongyi, John Henson was the youngest of Jim and Jane Henson’s five children. He was heavily involved in his family’s business operating as a shareholder and a board member, as well as a performer, frequently assuming the role of the nine-foot tall troll, Sweetums, over the years. Some of his credits as Sweetums include Muppet Treasure Island, It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and The Muppets Wizard Of Oz.

HT: The Jim Henson Company Facebook


  1. alice B says:

    forget the media, Just keep the family in pray, with much understanding. because God does everything for a reason

  2. Jeff B says:

    Of all the land muppets, Sweetums was always my favorite. Rest well, big fella.

  3. dana henning says:


  4. Cindi says:

    I’m still mourning Jim Henson’s passing. Now this sad news!

  5. Jeremy says:

    Tragic. He will be missed.

  6. John says:

    Veronica, with all due respect about definition of heart attacks. I have had eight in the last 20 years. My most recent was a ventricular tachycardia. Had nothing to do with the heart muscle. This one would have killed me, had it not been for my ICD, (implanted cardioverter/defibrillator. So, when are time is up, it is up. Only God can determine that. My deepest condolences to the Henson Family.

  7. Rob says:

    Um, it wasn’t “the media” that called it a “massive” heart attack. It was the Jim Henson Company.

  8. veronica says:

    Massive isnt just a dramatic adjective. There is a difference between a “massive Heart Attack’ and a “Heart Attack” A mild heart attack affects a relatively small portion of the heart muscle, or does not cause much permanent heart damage..A massive heart attack affects a large portion of the heart muscle, or causes a large amount of heart damage.

  9. Donna says:

    My prays go out to the Henson family. Friends and loved ones

  10. bullies or were bullies as children on a lighter note when at my daughter's baptism the priest said now we use the wet water didn't know there's was any other says:

    Jacob great point I swear all people that work in the media were bullies or were bullies as children on a lighter note when my daughter was being baptize the priest use the words now we take the wet water didn’t know they was any other

  11. jacob says:

    did they need to say “massive” heart attack?
    its like when paul walker passed away and every report said “firey” car crash, instead of just “car crash”. we dont need these details, you’re just trying to make it exciting. i hate the media.

  12. peter says:

    Terrible news, poor guy

  13. Mags says:

    This is so tragic.