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Cat who inspired 'Street Cat Named Bob' book and film has died

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Cat lovers everywhere are mourning the loss of Street Cat Named Bob, after news broke that the star of the smash hit book and film has died aged 14.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 17/06/2020, 19:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

The ginger cat had been credited for saving the life of James Bowen when the pair met in 2007. James was struggling with drug addiction when he first met Bob who had been injured and abandoned. James decided to look after the cat and this was the start of an incredible friendship.


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Loyal companion

Living in London while battling addiction can be a lonely experience. But Bob was always by James’ side, often wearing a colourful knitted scarf, accompanying him while he busked or sold copies of The Big Issue.


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Bob gave James purpose and direction and he finally found meaning to his life. This inspired James to write the smash-hit book ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ which was turned into a film in 2016. Bob even played himself.

Following the book and film’s success, Bob was often featured on the cover of The Big Issue and proved to be a very popular cover star!

Miraculous success

As he shared the sad news of Bob’s passing, James described the success the pair had had together as miraculous and that Bob had touched millions of lives.


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James explained that it feels like the light had gone out of his life and that he will never forget his friend Bob.

Rest in peace Bob.

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