In the months that followed, a pair of memorial services paid tribute to the man who changed the entertainment landscape.

Remarkable funerals: Jim Henson – Muppet Creator The Muppets were created by Jim Henson in the early 50s, making their first appearance in American TV series Sam and Friends back in 1955. When it came to their creator’s funeral, the Muppets played a major part. On May 16, 1990, Jim Henson passed away. The first, which is featured in this playlist, was held in New York at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on May 21, 1990. Jim Henson's Memorial The Jim Henson Collection; 28 videos; 14,862 views; Last updated on May 19, 2015; Following Jim Henson's passing on May 16th 1990, two public memorial services were held.