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John Henson has died.

The puppeteer - son of the Muppets creator Jim Henson, who had followed him into the family business - died suddenly yesterday from a heart attack aged 48.

A representative for The Jim Henson company made a statement today (15.02.14), saying: "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."

John is survived by his wife Gyongyi and their two daughters, Katrina,15, and Sydney, 10. A private funeral service is being planned.

John worked as a puppeteer on the Muppets, performing as Sweetums the ogre in films including 'The Muppets' Wizard of Oz' and 'Muppet Treasure Island'.

John's mother, Jane - who helped create the Muppets - passed away last spring. Jim Henson died in 1990 aged 53 from abscesses in his lungs.

The latest Muppets film, 'Muppets Most Wanted', is set for release next month.

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