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. ????; his death 2015)
Children Clara Henson (stepdaughter)
William Henson (nephew)
Parent(s) Jim Henson
Jane Henson
Relatives Lisa Henson (sister)
Brian Henson (brother)
Heather Henson (sister)

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


Early years[edit]

John Henson was the son of puppeteer 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: Lisa Henson (born 1960), Cheryl (born 1961), Brian (born 1963), and Heather (born 1970).


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. 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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  1. ^ a b Muppets' John Paul Henson dies at 48
  2. ^ Botelho, Craig (February 18, 2014). "John Henson -- son of the iconic Jim Henson -- dies of heart attack at 48". CNN. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Sweetums
1991, 1996-2013
Succeeded by
Noel MacNeal