Bob the street cat dead: How old was Bob? Cat made famous by A Street Cat Named Bob dies

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A Street Cat Named Bob, starring Luke Treadaway and Bob the Cat premeried in 2016. Sadly, there is sad news for fans of the drama-comedy film. Bob, the street cat has died. has everything you need to know. 

How old was Bob the Street cat?

Bob the Street cat was the star of the 2016 film A Street Cat Named Bob.

The film was an adaption of the life of James Bowen, who wrote a true account of his life in a novel of the same name.

Bowen, a recovering addict at the time, found Bob in the streets of London in 2007, abanonded and injured.

Bob the Street Cat was 14 years of age when he died.

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Bowen, Bob’s owner released a statement confirming the news.

He said: “Bob saved my life. It’s as simple as that.

“He gave me so much more than companionship. With him at my side, I found a direction and purpose that I’d been missing.

“The success we achieved together through our books and films was miraculous.

“He’s met thousands of people, touched millions of lives.

“There’s never been a cat like him. And never will again.

“I feel like the light has gone out in my life. I will never forget him”

Publishers Hodder & Stoughton who published the best selling novel in 2012 also released a statement.

The statement read: “As James and Bob continued to find fans all over the world, Bob led an incredible life meeting well-wishers at book signings, travelling the world and coping with feline fame.

“He was an extraordinary cat who will be greatly missed.”

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Bowen took care of his new feline friend and he took him all across London as he sold copies of the Big Issue on the streets of London.

Bowen documetned his recovery and his journey with Bob, which was published in the 2012 book  titled A Street Cat Named Bob. 

Two sequels followed –  The World According to Bob, A Gift from Bob and The Little Book of Bob – and in 2016, Bowen and Bob’s story was made into a film.

The film starred Olivier Award winning actor Luke Treadaway as Bowen and Bob the cat himself.

Other cast members included Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt and Anthony Head.

There is good news for fans of Bob the Cat as a sequel, A Gift From Bob, is expected to be released this year.


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The Big Issue paid tribute to Bob’s passing in a lenghty statement.

They wrote on their website: “All of us at The Big Issue will never forget the impact Bob had on not just James’ life but many of our vendors who could relate to his story.

“Magazines that featured Bob on the cover were always top sellers, and vendors looked forward to selling those editions and speaking to customers who were also fans.

“Our condolences are with James and everyone else who was touched by this incredible cat.”

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