The 21st Anniversary of Jim Henson's Death: Watch His Beautiful Memorial Again
May 16 marks the 21st anniversary of Jim Henson's death, so I hope you've recovered emotionally from that jarring new photo of the Muppets; you'll need to be in peak spiritual condition to survive the following clip without withering into a pile of tears. In 1990, soon after Henson died of a streptococcal infection at age 53, his Muppeteer colleagues helped stage a magnificent memorial that culminated with a giant medley of his favorite songs. It's tortuously gorgeous.
It's a lovely medley that shows off the distinct camaraderie between Muppet masters. The tribute becomes more painful and poignant when you realize that Richard Hunt (the voice of Scooter, Beaker, and others), who kicks off the medley, died less than two years later of complications from AIDS. Just an incredible display of talent, love, and genius.