Thingee puppeteer Alan Henderson has died
Alan Henderson, the man behind beloved children's TV show puppet Thingee, has reportedly died.
Sky confirmed news of his death on Facebook in a post paying tribute to the puppeteer and cameraman.
"Today we lost the heartbeat of our sport department. A person we all loved for his positive outlook on life, infectious laugh and big smile," the post read.
The outlet said the "fanatical Crusaders supporter, cricket tragic, joker" was a wonderful man who would be missed by his Sky Sport family.
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He was known for his work on the 1990s show Son of a Gunn, which also featured Jason Gunn. Henderson also worked as a sports producer and camera operator.
Tributes were flowing online. Television host and producer Matt Gibb wrote on Twitter that Henderson, or Al as he referred to him, was "one of the loveliest men you could have the pleasure of meeting".
"Never got tired of having Thingee's voice in my ear when he was in the directors [sic] seat. Rest in love mate."
Presenter Ric Salizzo also paid tribute on Twitter, saying how he always loved going on adventures with his "partner in crime".
"Life doesn't always make sense. He'll be so missed by many."