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
Paul inspired people to wear stuff like this.   (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

(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.

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Oct 26, 2010 10:18 AM CDT
Didn't the Octopi foretell it's own death?
Oct 26, 2010 9:20 AM CDT
i suspect foul play!
Oct 26, 2010 7:01 AM CDT
In other news, the German Prime Minister has calamari on his menu this evening.