Leo the Cat, Pet Sematary Star, Passes

Leo the Cat Passes Away—Will He Stay in Pet Sematary?

This month is not boding well for those who are fans of the felines. It is near and dear to my heart because I recently had to put my cat down after ten years. A couple of weeks ago, the internet bade farewell to ever-popular Grumpy Cat. Thursday morning, it was announced that Leo the cat had passed. Leo recently starred in the Pet Sematary remake as Church in the Stephen King adaptation.

Leo, who played undead Church in Pet Sematary

While there were four different cats that portrayed Church in the new Pet Sematary, Leo is the one fans will remember the most. It was Leo who was mainly the undead version of the kitty, and it was also Leo in the film’s official posters and marketing materials!

Animal trainer Kirk Jarrett, who adopted Leo after they filmed Pet Sematary, confirmed the sad news late Wednesday night on Leo’s official Instagram account.

May His Star Always Shine Bright

“It is with deep sadness that we tell you that Leo has passed away,” reads the statement. “He will be forever missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright!!”

While searching for YouTube clips, I did find a couple of videos that shared how they trained these zombie cats. In doing research, I see that everyone treated the animal actors with love and respect. “Leo is a confident sit-stay cat,” Jarrett said. “His role is as the undead Church; that was the 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 the undead makeup—that was Leo.”

Furthermore, Pet Sematary is Leo’s only big movie appearance, and he appeared in the film alongside actors Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. I personally appreciate what Leo has done and his role almost makes me want to get over my fear of scary movies and watch it just for him.

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