Neighborhood Rewards Beloved Cat With Memorial After Death
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.