Muppets' John Henson Dead at 48 'Sudden massive heart attack' kills Jim Henson's youngest son By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Feb 16, 2014 5:57 AM CST 31 comments Comments John Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this 1990 file photo. Henson died of a "massive heart attack" at his home in Saugerties, NY, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/FILE) (Newser) – John Henson, the youngest son of Muppets' creator Jim Henson and a puppeteer himself, has died of a massive heart attack at the age of 48, reports People. The Jim Henson Company confirmed Henson's death via a Facebook statement, saying that he died Friday "while at home with his daughter" in Saugerties, NY. Henson, who served on the board of his father's company, leaves two daughters and a wife.