Cat lovers are having a tough month with the passing of Grumpy Cat and now with the sudden death of Leo. In case you didn’t know (and how dare you,) Leo the cat was the up and coming star of the new Pet Sematary movie. Yikes.These untimely cat deaths are concerning. Garfield (who is definitely real and living) better stay the fuck away from Odie this month cause things are getting weird in the cat celebrity business.
According to People
Leo the cat, who played Church in this year’s Pet Sematary remake, died mysteriously just weeks after the film’s release, his trainer Kirk Jarrett announced on Thursday.
Died mysteriously has me a little concerned; was he murdered? Poisoned? We need another reboot of Unsolved Mysteries so they can discover the truth on what happened to Leo.
Kirk, who officially adopted Leo after filming ended, posted this on Instagram:
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Kirk has also talked about how Leo the cat was a sit-stay cat and the poster child for the movie.
His trainer for the film spoke about the famous feline in a recent interview with the AV Club, telling them that “Leo is a confident sit-stay cat. His role is as the undead Church; that was his whole purpose, to be the poster child. 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.”
A confident sit-stay cat! Leo the cat was living my dream life. Imagine being able to say, “I’m just doing some sitting for a check. And some staying for a check.” I mean, not to brag but if you look at my resumé, sitting is prominently featured in the “Other Activities” section.
People are also concerned about the timing of Leo’s death because of his role in the movie.
Leo’s cause of death has yet to be announced, but the timing of it certainly raises some hairs.
Pet Sematary stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz as parents of Ellie (played by Jeté Laurence), who all move from Boston to rural Maine, where an old nearby burial spot resurrects the dead.
There’s been a few stories making the rounds about animals either playing dead or rising from the dead, so there’s hope for Leo? Maybe Leo is just waiting for the right time to resurrect himself and secure himself a spot in the sequel. If not, I hope he’s up in cat heaven living his best life, just confidently sitting and staying.