John Henson, Muppets Puppeteer and Son of Creator Jim Henson, Dead at 48

John Henson, Muppets Puppeteer and Son of Creator Jim Henson, Dead at 48

The man who played ogre Sweetums for more than 25 years had a heart attack on Friday

John Henson, the son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, died on Friday. He was 48.

According to a statement on the Jim Henson Company's Facebook page, Henson died of a sudden heart attack.

Henson was a puppeteer and performer for the Muppets, playing ogre Sweetums from the late 1980's until 2005, including in the Muppets movies. He was also a company shareholder and board member.

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Henson is survived by his two daughters, Katrina, 15, and Sydney, 10, and his wife Gyongyi. A private service is being planned. Henson's father Jim, the famous man behind the Muppets, died in May 1990 at age 53 from an abscess in his lungs.

The new Muppets film, “Muppets Most Wanted,” opens on March 21. The puppets appeared recently in a series of Super Bowl commercials  – co-starring with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews — for the Toyota Highlander.

Here's the Facebook post, announcing his passing:

  • deeeeep

    He looked like he was in his 60s or 70s. Some people just do not age to well.

    • truthzone333

      He does look much older than 48.

  • Trish Chasity

    Good looking guy in this photo sad he had to go. RIP

  • amanda

    So sorry his young daughter had to witness that…God bless you sweetheart

  • Alan Zukor

    Another one bites the dust.