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Tarzan's chimp dies

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Dec 28, 2011 | 4:00am EST

Cheeta was first seen onscreen in the 1930s jungle films with swimmer-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller in the title role, and his movie appearances include turns in Tarzan and His Mate and Tarzan the Ape Man.

The famous chimp, believed to be around 80 years old, died of kidney failure on Saturday (24Dec11) at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida, according to the Tampa Tribune.

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