Death came suddenly to Muppets creator

On this day in 1990: Muppets creator Jim Henson, feeling under the weather, cuts short a Mother’s Day visit to Ahoskie to return to New York City.

Three days later he will die of a fast-spreading form of bacterial pneumonia.

Henson, 53, often visited Ahoskie, where his mother, Barbara Henson, had retired in the early 1980s.