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John Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, passed away Friday. He was 48.

The Jim Henson Company confirmed Henson's death on their Facebook page: "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."

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Henson was a shareholder and board member of The Jim Henson Company. In addition, he was a puppeteer and performed as the 9-foot tall ogre Sweetums for many years, including in Muppet Treasure Island andIt's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.

Henson is survived by his wife Gyongyi and their two daughters Katrina, 15, and Sydney, 10.