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How did Jim Henson die?

Asked by whitecarnations (1635points) March 18th, 2012

What major organ failed? How did it fail?

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chyna's avatar

He died of pneumonia as far as I remember. He didn’t get treatment for it so I assume it went into his lungs.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Strep infection caused organ failure, healthy one day dead the next.

cazzie's avatar

Henson died an untimely death from an aggressive form of pneumonia called Group A streptococcus in New York City on May 16, 1990.

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Patton's avatar

The way the question is written implies that @whitecarnations already knows that Henson died of organ failure caused by streptococcus-induced pneumonia. That’s all available on Wikipedia, which I assume he checked before asking this. The question is about which particular organ failed. @chyna is right about that one: it was his lungs. I could find two news articles confirming it (link one, link two).

Brian1946's avatar


Since he died from type A strep pneumonia, I guess the bacteria literally ate his lungs.

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majorrich's avatar

He died as indicated above. The tragic/unusual circumstances is that he could have easily been saved. Unfortunately he was a Christian Scientist and would not allow them to treat the infection. He was diagnosed in way way plenty of time to prevent his death.

lloydbird's avatar


Is there a suggestion that Jim died because of causes other than those officially asserted?
I am shocked if this is so.

YARNLADY's avatar

He died from not getting proper medical treatment for a treatable illness.

whitecarnations's avatar

Interesting. So this was a rapid form of Streptococcus? How common or uncommon is this disease? Let’s say in the U.S.A.

Coloma's avatar

I had an uncle die from strep infection after a brief bout of the flu. He was in his 80’s, but yes, fine one day, feeling better and then dead in 24 hours of organ failure. o-o

I’m in the USA California and this was in 2004

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