- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jane Nebel Henson — who was married to the late Muppets creator Jim Henson and played an integral role in creating the various puppets — died Tuesday morning, a representative for the Jim Henson Company said. She was 79.

A written statement by the company said she died at her home in Connecticut after a “long battle with cancer.”

Jim and Jane Henson married in 1959. The two met in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland in 1954 and quickly became business partners, the release said.

A memorial mass is planned for next week.

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