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Friday 17 November 2017

Cheetah the chimpanzee, Tarzan film star, dies aged 80

Maureen O'Sullivan, Cheeta and Johnny Weissmuller starring in the 1932 film Tarzan, the Ape Man. Photo: Getty Images
Maureen O'Sullivan, Cheeta and Johnny Weissmuller starring in the 1932 film Tarzan, the Ape Man. Photo: Getty Images

James Orr

CHEETAH the chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s has died at the age of 80, it has been announced.

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbour, Florida, said Cheetah died of kidney failure on Dec 24.



Debbie Cobb, director of the sanctuary, said Cheetah had loved finger painting and had seemed particularly tuned into human feelings.



He came to the sanctuary from the estate of the star of the Tarzan series - American Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller - during the early 1960s.



Based on the works of author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Tarzan stories, which have spawned scores of books and films over the years, chronicle the adventures of a man who was raised by apes in Africa.



Cheetah was the comic relief in the Tarzan films, which starred American Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller.



Mrs Cobb said Cheetah wasn't a troublemaker, but he was known to thrown his own waste if he became upset.

Telegraph.co.uk

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