Leo the cat, who played Church in this year's Pet Sematary remake, died of a coronary defect common to Maine Coons just weeks after the film's release, his trainer Kirk Jarrett announced on Thursday.
Jarrett adopted Leo—a Maine Coon who was a shelter cat before getting his big star turn—after filming ended for the remake of the 1989 horror classic.It was released on April 5 of this year.
"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," Jarrett captioned the Instagram photo.
Although Leo was one of four Maine Coon cats to play Church in the Pet Sematary, reboot, Leo was the actual "poster cat" for the film, and it was Leo's face that was used for all of the film's promotional materials.
Although Leo was made up to appear—and occasionally act—spooky for the famous horror flick, according to Jarrett he was quite the cuddly kitty in real life. "Leo is a confident sit-stay cat," Jarrett told The AV Club in a recent interview. "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."
Leo's death is preceded by another famous cat's passing; internet star Grumpy Cat passed away this month as well.
Leo's cause of death has yet to be announced. However, we wouldn't recommend that anybody take any…um…extraordinary measures to try to bring him back.
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