The Street Cat Named Bob Has Died Aged 14
Bob the cat, who became a worldwide star after his owner Jamie Bowen wrote about him in A Street Cat Named Bob, has sadly died - he was 14.
The sad news was confirmed by publisher Hodder & Stoughton.
The publisher said in a statement: "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."
Jamie added: "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."
Recovering addict Bowen found the cute ginger cat abandoned and injured and the pair became best pals.
Speaking about how his beloved cat saved him, Bowen has said previously: "I believe it came down to this little man.
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"He came and asked me for help, and he needed me more than I needed to abuse my own body. He is what I wake up for every day now. He's definitely given me the right direction to live my life."
Bowen wrote a book about their friendship, which was published in 2012. He went on to write sequels, he World According to Bob, A Gift from Bob and The Little Book of Bob - selling millions of copies worldwide.
The first book was made into a film, starring Luke Treadeaway, which was released in 2016.
A sequel based on A Gift from Bob is set to hit cinemas later this year.
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