‘Pet Sematary’ Star Leo The Cat Has Died
Goodnight, sweet prince.
With the world still reeling over the loss of Grumpy Cat, we've been dealt yet another blow with the sad news that Leo the cat has passed away unexpectedly just weeks after the film's premiere.
Leo, who was a Maine Coon, played the family cat Chuch in the 2019 adaption of 'Pet Sematary'.
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In an interview with the AV Club, animal trainer Kirk Jarrett explained that Leo was “different from any other cat I’ve seen. He’s got this beautiful face, and these eyes that are so expressive.”
He added, “Leo is a confident sit-stay cat. His role is as the undead Church; that was his whole purpose, to be the poster child. The cat you see all across the different platforms, and in the trailer, almost any time he’s in in the undead makeup—that was Leo.”
Following the film, Jarrett adopted Leo and even gave him his own Instagram account, where he today revealed the sad news. He did not announce the cause of Leo’s death.
"It is with deep sadness that we tell you that Leo has passed away. He will forever be missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright,” he wrote alongside a picture of Leo by a fire.
Tributes immediately began pouring in for the breakout star of the horror film, with one Twitter user writing, "Leo the cat from Pet Sematary died and I think this is the hardest celebrity death I ever had to deal with, tbh," while another added, "The cat who played Church in the new Pet Sematary remake has passed away and goddamnit he was a good boy who wore a tie. Rip sweet baby."
RIP sweet kitty.