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Neighbourhood cat commemorated with statue

Tuesday October 4th 2016

A cat who became a global sensation has been immortalised in statue form in his home town after dying from an unknown illness.

Tombili was well known in the streets of Istanbul close to his home and became an internet star after being photographed lounging in a relaxed manner against a pavement.

The photograph went viral after it was posted on popular website 9GAG and social media, fast becoming a meme.

However, Tombili sadly died in August from an unknown illness. A makeshift memorial was placed at his favourite resting spot, with a note which said: "You will live in our hearts. Mascot of our street, beloved Tombili lost his struggle for life after a month and closed his eyes to life."

The cat's fans launched a petition calling for a statue to commemorate the much loved feline. More than 17,000 people signed it and the plans were approved.

Sculptor Seval ┼×ahin created the artwork complete with Tombili's iconic pose from the famous photograph. It was unveiled on October 4.

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2016