Michael Jackson’s tiger, named Thriller, died of lung cancer at actress-activist Tippi Hedren’s wildlife preserve in California. The tiger belonged to Jackson when he lived at his fabled Neverland ranch.

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Hedren said that the 13-year-old, 375-pound tiger died June 11. A necropsy has been performed and the tiger was cremated. Staff workers are holding a private service where the ashes are buried in a section of the preserve set aside for the animals that die there. 

Thriller and, her brother Sabu were born on Nov. 20 1998, and lived with Jackson until May 4, 2006.

Hedren says of the tiger:

“Thriller was a real piece of work, one gutsy girl. She ruled Sabu’s life. It was humorous to watch the whole relationship. She did things to him that male tigers would normally never allow. She would steal food from him. That’s unheard of. She ruled the roost, was very independent and tough.”

Thriller had to one of the most famous tigers in music and we’re sad to see him gone!

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