Another famous figure has just passed away, though this time, it’s a beloved (and controversial) animal that’s splashed their last goodbye. Tilikum, who was the focus of the heartbreaking and action-sparking documentary Blackfish — and infamously killed his trainer while in captivity at SeaWorld — has died at 36 years old.
Though the orca, or killer whale, was being treated for a bacterial infection, at this time it’s not clear what killed the creature who many saw as a menace — having been involved in three tragic deaths, including that of his trainer, 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau, back in 2010 — and who others saw as a victim of its sad circumstances.
Many, though, are taking the opportunity to not only grieve the loss of such a magnificent animal, but to also bring to light once more the issue of large animals who are kept in captivity.
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(h/t TMZ; photos via Gerardo Mora/Getty)