Neighborhood Rewards Beloved Cat With Memorial After Death
Viral| | By Brian Delpozo
Sadly, the cat’s fame came toward the end of his life. He became sick with an undisclosed illness over the summer, and passed away in August. Initially a small memorial popped up at the spot of his famous snapshot.
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Translated, it read:
😢😢😢 Tespih ve çay montajıyla ünlenen ‘Tombili’ hayatını kaybetti. 🙁 İstanbul'da Ziverbey'de yaşayan, kilosu nedeniyle mahallelinin 'Tombili' adını taktığı, kaldırım taşına yaslanmış pozuyla ünü Türkiye sınırlarını da aşan Ziverbey'in 'bıçkın abisi' yaşam savaşında yenik düştü ve 1 Ağustos’ta hayatını kaybetti. #AnadoluKedisi #catsofinstagram #catsofistanbul #kedicidergisi #instacat #catandog #petsagram #hayvanlarburaya #catslover #kediaşkı #cats #tombili #kedidelileri #kedi
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“You will live in our hearts. Mascot of our street, beloved TOMBILI lost his struggle for life after a month and closed his eyes to life on first of August.”A petition was launched calling for a more permanent memorial. It quickly gained 17,000 signatures, leading to its approval. A statue mimicking Tombili’s pose from the famous 9GAG photo was erected in the spot where it was taken.