Pet Sematary star Leo the Cat dies mysteriously just weeks after the release of the terrifying new Stephen King movie
The cat that starred in Pet Sematary has died only a month after the movie was released in US movie theaters.
Leo‘s animal trainer announced the sad news on Instagram Wednesday saying that animals and humans alike were already at a loss due to his parting.
‘It is with great sadness that we tell you that Leo has passed away,‘ Jarrett Kirk wrote on a social media image of the Maine Coon. ‘He will forever be missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright.‘
Kirk did not elaborate to approximately 18,000 followers on the reason for his feline friend‘s death.
It‘s unclear how old Leo was but Instagram images from January show him looking much younger and at the time Kirk declared cat was still growing. However Maine Coon‘s typically take 18 months to reach full size – six months longer than other breeds.
The animal trainer had adopted the furry star after he‘d finished filming the flick which stars John Lithgow and Jason Clarke.
In the film, Jete Laurence stars as Ellie Creed, the daughter of Louis Creed. The character (Clarke), his wife Rachel, and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie Pet Sematary located nearby.
After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery. But things are not as they seem, and it proves to the Creeds that ‘sometimes, dead is better‘.
Leo‘s Instagram page started up last October just in time for Halloween as the cat embarked on his journey to stardom.
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A December 16 post was captioned: ‘Hey, it‘s me, Leo, the cat who plays Church – the undead from Pet Sematary 2019! I may have been dead but I‘m ready to make up for lost time and adventure awaits, come along for the ride it‘s gonna be hair raising …….!‘
As well as hitting the big screen in Pet Sematary, alongside three other cats who portrayed the spooky character Church, Leo took the spotlight on promotional posters for the 1989 film‘s remake.
Overshadowing the likes of his counterpart JD, Leo scored plenty of big gigs as a result of his silver screen debut. In November 2018 the Instagram account announced he was already filming a new show.
His social media posts reveal he partnered up with Naturawls Pet Products in April to start a raw diet, something Kirk said the ‘picky eater and his fur family LOVE‘.
Brands including Ruff Stitched and Bone and Bred kitted him out in novelty cat clothing and he even made an appearance at the Canadian Cat Expo.
The Toronto-based cat attended film premieres and in his spare time hung out with his one-year-old double Tonic – a cat from the Ultimutts performance group that also played Church.
Kirk worked with the group‘s owner, Melissa Millett, to train the cats for the motion picture.
Kirk told last month that they ended up using Leo for ‘almost all of the undead stuff‘ because ‘Leo excels at quiet staring‘.
‘Leo is a confident sit-stay cat. His role is as the undead Church; that was his whole purpose, to be the poster child,‘ Kirk continued. ‘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.‘