SeaWorld 'Blackfish' Whale Tilikum Close To Death

3/8/2016 11:32 AM PST

SeaWorld: 'Blackfish' Whale Tilikum Close To Death

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Tilikum, the SeaWorld orca that became a household name after the "Blackfish" documentary is fighting for his life.

SeaWorld officials revealed the 35-year-old whale has become lethargic and his health is deteriorating. SeaWorld says they've given Tili meds for what they believe is a bacterial infection, but his condition has not improved. 

The statement did not sound optimistic, saying, "Our veterinarians are focused on managing his illness in a way that makes him comfortable and creates an enriching life."

Tilikum has been held in captivity at Seaworld for 23 years and reportedly killed three people, two trainers in 1991 and 2010 and a man who snuck in after hours in 1999.