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Bob the Cat has died

Beloved pet made famous by A Street Cat Named Bob book and film dies aged 14

16 June, 2020

James Bowen and Bob outside Angel Station 

BOB, the street cat who gained fame as the subject of several books and a film, has died aged 14.

James Bowen has paid tribute to his beloved pet Bob saying that his life was “saved” by him and that there had “never been a cat like him and never will be again”.

The pair shot to fame after an article by Tribune shined a light on the touching story of how the ginger mog had formed an inseparable bond with Mr Bowen when he was homeless.

They were regularly seen outside Angel tube station with Bob slunk around Mr Bowen’s neck for hours as he played the guitar and sold the Big Issue.

Mr Bowen, who lived with Bob off Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, 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 literary agent approached Mr Bowen and Bob after the seeing the Tribune’s article and soon Mr Bowen had written A Street Cat Named Bob.

Shortly after three sequels followed named The World According to Bob, A Gift from Bob and The Little Book of Bob.

The collection of books sold eight million copies in more than 40 languages.

The original story was also made into a film released in 2016 starring Luke Treadaway as Mr Bowen and Bob as himself.

Peter Gruner, who wrote the original article in the Tribune, said: “Bob was a lovely old cat. He almost seemed human in the way he cared about James. As James played the guitar the cat would sit there for hours and just look at him. Then when he was finished he would jump up onto his neck and sit there.”

 

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