Pet Sematary animal actor Leo the cat dies after horror film's release


Animal actor Leo the cat has died just one month after his movie Pet Sematary was released.

The Main Coon was one of four used to play Church in the film remake of Stephen King ‘s classic horror novel.

Leo played the undead resurrected cat in the scary flick.

After filming had wrapped, he was adopted by animal trainer Kirk Jarrett, who announced the sad news on Instagram.

Sharing a cute picture of Leo sat relaxing in front of a fireplace, he said: “It is with great sadness that we tell you that Leo has passed away.

“He will be forever missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright.”


Leo sadly died after the release of the movie

Kirk later shared another sweet snap of Leo standing on a rock in a wooded area.

He said: “Our family thanks everyone for all your heartfelt responses. This has been very difficult on our family.

“Leo passed away from arterial thromboembolus (ATE), also known as “saddle thrombus,”
a congenital heart defect that the Maine Coon breed can be prone to.

“Leo lived an incredibly joyful life.

John Lithgow stars in the remake

Leo played Church in the movie

“In his honour we look forward to sharing some of our fondest memories of Leo.

“In loving memory may Leo Rest In Peace”

As well as starring in the movie, Leo’s face was also used on the main posted of the remake, showing him with a terrifying scowl.

The film was the second adaptation to be made of Stephen King’s 1983 novel.


A still from the movie

The original film was released in 1989.

Pet Sematary follows a family who discover a mysterious graveyard which has the power to resurrect the dead.

John Lithgow stars in the remake.

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