Street Cat Named Bob dies – cat made famous by bestselling book dies – The Sun

BOB the cat, who inspired the bestselling book and film A Street Cat Named Bob, has sadly died.

Hodder & Stoughton, which published James Bowen's bestseller, confirmed Bob's death at the age of 14 years.

Bowen, a recovering addict, first met Bob in 2007 when he found him abandoned and injured.

He went on to take care of the cat and they quickly became inseparable, busking and selling 'The Big Issue' on the streets of London.

Bowen's first book, A Street Cat Named Bob, which told his and Bob's story, was published in 2017.

It became a bestseller and the original story was also made into a film released in 2016 – starring Luke Treadaway as Bowen.

Bob appeared in the film as himself and will appear in a sequel, "A Gift from Bob", later this year.

Hodder & Stoughton released a statement reading: "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."

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

Bowen 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."

A fan wrote on Twitter: "Condolences to James Bowen, Bob’s best friend. Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget."

Another added: "The cat that changed a man's life. RIP Bob the Street Cat."

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