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‘Muppets’ Puppeteer John Henson Dies at 48

Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48.

John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he provided the voice and performed in a body suit, include pics “Muppet Treasure Island,” “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie” and “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.”

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