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Oreo The Raccoon, Model For ‘Rocket’ In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, Passes Away
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Feb 2019
Image via Marvel
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy franchise would not have been the same without ‘Rocket Raccoon’, the cute-but-fatal former thief that went on to become a galactic weapons and tactical expert. Sadly, the real-life face of the adorable critter, Oreo, has just passed on.
In a Facebook post, Quinta Layla—the owner of Oreo the Raccoon—confirmed that her pet died of a “very short illness” on Thursday, 7 February 2019 at the age of 10.
“You made so many people’s lives happy,” Layla wrote in the eulogy.
“You have been an amazing ambassador for raccoons everywhere. You loved all people of all ages and other animals too, and were never phased by anything, be it a walk down the red carpet as ‘Rocket Raccoon’, a trip to a hospice to visit a sick child or anything else that came your way. You just enjoyed everything, and it showed.”
Heartbreakingly, Oreo’s owner said, “You were perfect.”
On his website, Oreo was described as, “one of few tame and handleable raccoons living in the UK.” The raccoon was said to have had a small chance of survival as a baby, as his mother had failed to produce milk.
At two days old, Oreo was then taken in by his new human caretakers and “continued to defy the odds.”
Oreo was the visual muse for ‘Rocket Raccoon’, who was voiced by Bradley Cooper and portrayed on set by Sean Gunn. He enjoyed some aspects of fame throughout his time as a celebrity, even appearing alongside director James Gunn at the premiere of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film.
Oreo’s CGI alter-ego, ‘Rocket Raccoon’, will next appear in Avengers: Endgame, which will debut on 26 April 2019.
We have only the saddest news today.Posted by Quinta Layla on Thursday, February 7, 2019
Our hearts are broken as we have lost our best friend, our Guardian of our Galaxy...
[via CBR.com, video via Marvel Canada, images via various sources]
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