Muppets co-creator Jane Henson dies aged 78

Jane Henson, who helped create the Muppets, has died at the age of 78.

She met Jim Henson in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets.

The Jim Henson Company said Jane Henson died on Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer.

The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.

In 1992, Jane Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.

A memorial Mass for Jane Henson is planned for next week.