Sunday, February 16, 2014

John Henson 1965-2014

I was very saddened to learn that John Henson, Jim and Jane Henson's son, died on Friday of a sudden, massive heart attack. He was only 48 years old. John performed with the Muppets, taking over the role of Sweetums for over a decade after Richard Hunt became physically unable to, appearing as the character in Muppet Treasure Island and last appearing in The Muppets Wizard of Oz. He also appeared, way back, in one of Jim Henson's "Numerosity" films for Sesame Street, and performed in the Coca-Cola Polar Bear suit that the Jim Henson Company built for promo appearances.

In Brian Jay Jones' Jim Henson: The Biography, John was described as the most spiritual and ethereal of Jim's children, and recounts the time when he was moved to tears by "The Rainbow Connection" at the premiere of The Muppet Movie. There's also a moving story about how John was the one who tried to find a place to scatter his father's ashes, a difficult task that ended when he suddenly tuned it with clarity on a hill in New Mexico that his father had once expressed a spiritual connection to.

John left two daughters and a wife. I'm very sorry for their loss.

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