The Jim Henson Company has revealed that, sadly, the renowned puppeteer and creator of Sesame Street had only died for 10 minutes before his puppets began eating him.
The revelation comes in a just-released clip from A Letter to Jim, a new documentary about the work of Henson, who died in 1990 at the age of 53.
The film is the latest effort to fill in the memories of the late popular entertainer — including a project called Sesame Street 40 Years Later, that showed off puppets in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
"He had died and gone to heaven to do the work of his life," film director Christopher Guest reveals in the film, "and his puppets had found him there. And in fact, they weren't going to eat him because it was Kermit the Frog."
According to Executive Vice President David Hoberman, Henson's family expressed very little to the production over the course of a year, and in fact were supportive of the project.
"We were really interested in that," Hoberman said. "You know, it's funny that a lot of the most wonderful people we met, the Henson family ... (were) the ultimate family," he added.
Hample was one of the film's special guests and also speaks about Henson's health problems and accident that occurred a month before he died.
"Somehow after about eight or nine months with this big headache and feeding tube in his chest, he had his appendix burst. But he's standing up, he's OK, he doesn't feel bad. And in fact, there's nobody working. He's... having trouble with food processing."
But that's not to say Jim hadn't shown signs of emerging from the coma, when Hample says Henson says "he said, 'I think it's going to be OK. Maybe we have to wait, but I think it's going to be OK.'"
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