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Michael Jackson’s Tiger ‘Thriller’ Has Passed Away

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One of Michael Jackson‘s many idiosyncrasies was his love for exotic animals. And since the late music legend was sort of the rich madman type, he kept a menagerie of giraffes, flamingos, orangutans, elephants and tigers on his notorious Neverland Ranch.

Sadly, one of the tigers — who Jackson had named ‘Thriller’ after his seminal 1982 album — has passed away.

Although it was just reported today, the 13-year-old, 375-pound predator died on June 11th of lung cancer.

Thriller, along with her brother Sabu, were born on Nov. 20, 1998. They lived at the Neverland Ranch until 2006, when Jackson abandoned the sprawling facility. At that point Thriller and Sabu moved to actress/activist Tippi Hedren’s wildlife preserve about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.

According to Hedren, both big cats arrived in good mental and physical condition and lived a great life at her preserve. She was miffed, however, that Jackson never made any attempt to visit his once cherished pets. He also never contributed financially to their upkeep.

Hedren — who is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith — once tried to rekindle Jackson’s interest in his tigers by sending his children photos of the beasts, but there was no response from the pop star’s camp.

Jackson passed away three years ago Monday.

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