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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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i'm a lawyer!    

i never chimps lived so long, wow.

941 days ago
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Wally    

RIP, You were a great actor!!!!!!!

940 days ago
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Rotten Puppets    

RIP Cheetah,you will be missed.

This bananas for you pal!

940 days ago
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Uncle Russy    

The orginal Cheetah is buried in Gilette NJ, along with the original MGM Leo T. Lion....See news story from a few years ago... >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3KVGKsDL-4

938 days ago
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