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39-year-old father of sextuplets dies while setting up trampoline for his kids

By Mason White 7:26 AM April 11, 2014
Ben Van Houten with the sextuplets 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A family is devastated over the loss of a husband and father of 7.

Ben Van Houten, 39, of Michigan, became famous after he and his wife Amy, gave birth to sextuplets who are now 10 years old.

Three years after the birth of their sextuples, the couple gave birth to a daughter who is 7 years old.

Van Houten was known as a great and hands-on dad.
Sadly, he suffered a heart attack on Wednesday night, shortly after setting up a trampoline for his children at his home.

Van Houten loved his children and helped his wife with all their challenges in raising the children. He also worked full time. Van Houten was a Christian youth program leader.

Amy Van Houten gave birth to the sextuplets three months prematurely at a Grand Rapids hospital. The newborns all weighed about 2 pounds each.

The kids were named John, Nolan, Peyton, Gerrit, Kennedy and Sammy. Two of the boys, John and Gerrit, have cerebral palsy. They are wheelchair bound and require 24 hours of care.

Sadly, with their loving father gone, this burden will now fall on their already hard working mother.