John Henson (puppeteer)

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John Henson
Born (1965-04-25)April 25, 1965
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Died February 14, 2014(2014-02-14) (aged 48)
Saugerties, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack[1]
Occupation Puppeteer
Spouse(s) Gyongyi Henson
(m. ?–2014; his death)
Children 2
Parent(s) Jim Henson (1936–1990)
Jane Henson (1934–2013)
Relatives Lisa Henson (born 1960)
Cheryl Henson (born 1961)
Brian Henson (born 1963)
Heather Henson (born 1970)

John Paul Henson (April 25, 1965 – February 14, 2014) was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets.


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John Henson was the son of puppeteers Jim Henson (1936-1990), best known as the creator of The Muppets, and Jane Henson (1934-2013), who assisted in the launch of the Muppets. He had four siblings: Brian Henson, Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, and Heather Henson.


John performed Muppet character Sweetums starting in 1992 following the death of Richard Hunt (who trained John Henson in performing Sweetums). The role has since been passed to different puppeteers, including David Rudman, Noel MacNeal, Rob Mills and Matt Vogel. Vogel officially assumed the role in 2009.


Henson died of a heart attack on February 14, 2014, at age 48, at his home in Saugerties, New York after playing with his daughter in the snow. His family had a private funeral for him. He was cremated and his ashes were given to his family.[1][2]




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