The feline star of the Stephen King film adaptation “Pet Sematary,” Leo the Cat, has died, his new adopted owner announced on Instagram Wednesday night.
Leo starred in “Pet Sematary” as Church, the undead cat owned by the protagonist family who comes back to life after he is buried in a haunted animal graveyard with the power to bring animals and — even people — back from the dead. Leo was cast for his menacing scowl as he prowled the highway in the film and even graced its poster.
“It is with deep sadness that we tell you Leo has passed away,” his trainer Kirk Jarrett wrote in a post shared on Leo’s own Instagram account. “He will be forever missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright.”
Leo was actually one of four cats used in filming for “Pet Sematary.” The film, based on King’s 1983 novel and starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow opened in theaters on April 5, at which point Leo was happily promoting the movie in bowtie attire to celebrate the premiere.
See the Instagram post from Leo’s profile below: