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Cheetah the 'Tarzan' Chimp

Dead at 80(ish)

12/28/2011 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Cheetah the Tarzan ChimpCheetah the chimpanzee -- who reportedly played Johnny Weissmuller's sidekick in the 1930s "Tarzan" films -- passed on to the great jungle in the sky last week after suffering kidney failure ... this according to the primate sanctuary that he called home.

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida -- where Cheetah had been living since the 1960s -- made the announcement, saying, "It is with great sadness that the community has lost a dear friend and family member."

Cheetah was believed to be 80 years old.

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nope    

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/25/AR2008112500939.html

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DJ1212    

It was proven years ago that this was NOT the chimp that was in the movies...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/25/AR2008112500939.html

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willie1    

Sorry the monkey died but most would rather hear obituaries about anyone named Kardashian, Lohan, all the Jersey Shore crew or real housewives of whatever. The funniest thing is Cheetah will have a star on hollywood boulevard one day and the above freak shows never will...there is some justice in hollyweird

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Tony Chliek    

I saw this tweet today. @MiaFarrow My mom,Tarzan's Jane, referred to Cheetah-the-chimp as 'that bastard' - saying he bit her at every opportunity. Cheetah lived to be 80

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Tony Chliek    

There were many Cheetahs and the one mentioned here died a very long time ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheeta

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birdman    

damn i didnt know they lived that long :O

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Criss    

Godspeed Cheetah!

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bdavis2195    

That is just crazy that a Chimp can live to be 80 years old..

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CriticXtreme    

Incredible. He out lived the cast and probably most of the crew and people who used to watch Tarzan.

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OooooNooo!    

Cheetah drank his own pee--that's why he lived so long.

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Nate    

weird, Johnny W. is buried next door at the cemetary, i'll post up some pics of his gravestone, him and the actress that played Jane are buried here in Indiana.

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whateverhomewrecker    

Very sad :( although 80 years is a long life, longer then alot of us humans. RIP furry friend.

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Rico Suavy    

I heard he was spanking the monkey right to the end

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Denver    

This chimp was born in 1960.... Ah, Hollywood.

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Steve    

Long Live Cheetah! I have watched those old Tarzan's episodes, he live on youtube.com RIP!

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