HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- The 39-year-old father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets suffered a heart attack and died after setting up a trampoline for his children, a relative said.
Ben Van Houten died Wednesday night, said Sue Herweyer of Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes in Holland.
Van Houten lived in the Holland area in western Michigan. In 2004, his wife, Amy, gave birth to six children over three days at a Grand Rapids hospital. They're now 10 years old. The kids were joined by a sister, now 7.
"Just to know Ben for even one day would be a blessing," father-in-law Calvin Reimink told The Grand Rapids Press.
Reimink said Van Houten set up a trampoline in his yard and was playing with the kids when the heart attack occurred. Van Houten's father died of heart problems at age 40.
"He was always spending time with the kids," Reimink said of his son-in-law.
The sextuplets were tiny at birth; the largest was only 2 pounds, 1 ounce. Two have cerebral palsy.
"It's scary to think we're responsible now," Ben Van Houten joked in 2004 when daughter Samantha was the first to leave the hospital.
WZZM's Kim Covington spent a night with the Van Houtens in 2004 for a special feature on what it is like to have six babies. Watch that story below.
Spending a night with sextuplets - WZZM 2004 Report