Jane Nebel Henson, the wife of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died.
The 79-year-old died Tuesday her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer.
The couple met at the University of Maryland in a puppetry class in 1954 and married five years later. They had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.
In addition to being her husband's business partner, Mrs. Henson was a "performer, puppet designer and builder," CNN reports.
In 1992, Mrs. Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.
A memorial Mass for Jane Henson is planned for next week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.