Jim henson was born on september 24, 1936 and died on may 16, 1990. the jim henson company jones is especially sharp in his account of these early successes. Henson understood that television presented an opportunity to reinvent the art of puppetry. Oz later added if jim henson and i had created b & e as gay characters they would be inauthentic coming from two straight men. However, i have now learned that many view them as representative of a loving gay relationship. The jim henson company retains the creature shop as well as the rest of its film and television library, including fraggle rock, farscape, the dark crystal, and labyrinth. Brian jay jones published jim henson the biography on september 24, 2013, hensons 77th birthday. john henson, the son of muppets co-creators jim and jane henson and a board member of the jim henson company, died on friday at 48. He suffered a massive heart attack at his home, the henson. richard hunt, a muppeteer who performed scooter, statler, beaker, and others, did die of aids. I had never hard any rumour that jim henson was gay or died of aids, so i am absolutely convinced that any such rumour was based instead around richard hunt, who died soon after henson, and as thudlow mentions, of aids. In august 2016, he posted instagram photos with his girlfriend. bert and ernie, as well as elmo, center, are among a donation of additional jim henson objects to the smithsonians national museum of american history in washington on sept. lisa henson, our ceo, is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from chick-fil-a to glaad, the company said.