Jane Henson of Muppet family fame dies at 78

April 4, 2013 10:17:15 AM

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LOS ANGELES -- The Jim Henson Co. says Henson's partner in marriage and Muppets has died. 

 

The company says Jane Henson died Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer. She was 78. 

 

She and Jim Henson met in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets. 

 

The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990. 

 

In 1992, Jane Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions. 

 

A memorial Mass is planned next week.