RIP, Paul the Octopus

It was natural causes, German officials swear

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 26, 2010 6:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Maybe he saw it coming: Paul the octopus, the unlikely hero of the 2010 World Cup, has been found dead in his German aquarium, reports Der Spiegel. Officials cite natural causes rather than angry German soccer fans, and say that the beloved psychic cephalopod will be cremated, not turned into calamari. The aquarium plans a monument.

"Paul delighted people from all continents with his seven consecutive correct predictions for the matches of the German national team and for the final," said the aquarium's general manager. "He was dear to all our hearts and we will sorely miss him. He died peacefully in the night of a natural death. It is a comforting thought that he had a good life with us with the best possible care delivered by a committed team." Click here for Newser's ode to Paul.

Paul inspired people to wear stuff like this.
Paul inspired people to wear stuff like this.   (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Paul chooses a mussel from a glass tank with a Spanish flag in the SeaLife Aquarium, Friday, July 9, 2010. Paul predicted Spain will beat Holland and win the World Cup.
Paul chooses a mussel from a glass tank with a Spanish flag in the SeaLife Aquarium, Friday, July 9, 2010. Paul predicted Spain will beat Holland and win the World Cup.   (AP Photo/dapd, Roberto Pfeil)
Netherlands supporters show a sign referring to Paul as they gather ahead of the World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain, Sunday, July 11, 2010.
Netherlands supporters show a sign referring to Paul as they gather ahead of the World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain, Sunday, July 11, 2010.   (AP Photo/Beatrice Larco)
In this July 9, 2010 file picture, octopus Paul chooses a mussel from a glass tank marked with a Spanish flag in the SeaLife Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany.
In this July 9, 2010 file picture, octopus Paul chooses a mussel from a glass tank marked with a Spanish flag in the SeaLife Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany.   (AP Photo/dapd, Roberto Pfeil)
The June 25, 2010 file photo shows Paul the octopus in the Sea Life Aquarium, while fishing a shell out of a glass box representing Germany. The 2-year-old octopus oracle has died.
The June 25, 2010 file photo shows Paul the octopus in the Sea Life Aquarium, while fishing a shell out of a glass box representing Germany. The 2-year-old octopus oracle has died.   (AP Photo/ddp, Volker Hartmann)
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