Muppeteer John Henson passes away
Last friday Muppeteer and son of Jim Henson has passed away due to a sudden heart attack. The Henson company announced the death on their Facebook today.
As a Muppeteer John was perhaps best known for performing the part of Sweetums form the late eighties through 2005, taking over the role from Richard Hunt. John's Sweetums was seen in productions such as MuppetVision 3D, The Muppets Wizard of Oz and Muppets from Space, amongst other productions.
The Henson company released the following statement:
"It is with great sadness that we confirm that John Henson, son of Jim and Jane Henson and brother to Lisa, Cheryl, Brian and Heather, died at age 48 of a sudden massive heart attack on Friday, February 14, while at home with his daughter. John served as a shareholder and board member of The Jim Henson Company. He leaves two daughters, Katrina (15) and Sydney (10) and his wife Gyongyi. A private service is being planned."