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OTRC: Jane Henson dies: Jim Henson's wife was 78

FILE- in this Wed., Aug. 25, 2010 photo, Jane Henson, left, donates some of Jim Henson's early puppets, including the original Kermit, to the Smithsonian Institution, during a ceremony at the National Museum of American History, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Jim Henson's partner in marriage (and Muppets), Jane Henson, has passed away at age 78.

Jane died Tuesday, April 2 at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer, according to the Associated Press.

Jim and Jane met in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, becoming creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets. The pair wed in 1959, and through the years welcomed five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather.

Jim died at age 53 on May 16, 1990. The pupeteer, screenwriter and director passed away after succumbing to a severe strep infection that destroyed his lungs within days. He passed away in the hospital after suffering two cardiac arrests.

Some of the famed characters that the pair created include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rowdy "Animal." The characters have starred in several of their own television shows and spinoffs throughout the years and the franchise has also spurred several films, such as "The Muppets Take Manhattan" in 1984, "Muppets from Space" in 1999.

In 2011, the Muppets got a new feature film, "The Muppets," which starred Jason Segel and Amy Adams. The film followed the furry critters and their friends on a mission to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

In August 2012, Jerry Nelson, who voiced The Count von Count and several other Muppets on the children's program "Sesame Street," died at age 78.

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