Henson, aged 48, reportedly died this Friday, February 14th, following a massive sudden heart attack while at home. He leaves behind two daughters, Katrina and Sydney, and his wife Gyongyi.
The sad news comes as a shock, despite the fact that John's father Jim—creator and founder of the Jim Henson Company, also credited with creating the characters of Sesame Street—died in 1990 at the relatively young age of 53. John, who played the ogre Sweetums from the late '80s to 2005, also went on to become a board member and shareholder of the Jim Henson Company, keeping the business in the family.
We wish John's family and friends all the best in this difficult time. John, of course, led a good life and was blessed with a father like Jim, and that's something to appreciate in spite of this huge loss. And for our devoted readers, we would like to send Mr. Henson on his merry way with a fond memory. Thank you for our childhoods!
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