Muppets’ John Paul Henson dies at 48

Muppets’ John Paul Henson dies at 48

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John Henson attends the Museum of the Moving Image and the Jim Henson Legacy collaboration press conference at the Museum of the Moving Image on May 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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by JAYME DEERWESTER

USA TODAY

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

John Paul Henson followed his father, Muppets creator Jim Henson, into puppeteering, and sadly, to an early death.

The younger Henson, 48, fell victim to a sudden heart attack Friday in Saugerties, N.Y.

John was the puppeteer behind the ogre Sweetums.

He leaves behind a wife, Gyongi, and two daughters, Katrina, 15, and Sydney, 10.

The Muppets have been back in the spotlight recently, thanks to their new film, Muppets Most Wanted, opening March 21, and a series of Super Bowl commercials for the Toyota Highlander.

A statement from the Henson Company read, “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.”

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