Super-Sized Kitty Dies
Celebrity fat cat 'Meow' dies of obesity complications
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2012 12:33 AM CDT
Santa Fe Animal Shelter veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Steketee holds poor Meow.   (AP Photo/Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Ben Swan, File)

(Newser) – A colossal cat handed in to an animal shelter in New Mexico has died just weeks after eating up national attention. Meow, a 2-year-old tabby who topped the scales at 39 pounds, died of pulmonary failure related to his huge size, reports the New York Daily News. He had been placed with a foster family and was on a special diet, but shelter officials say it was a race against time to get the weight off him before he developed serious health problems, and they lost. He had already lost 2 pounds before his health took a turn for the worse.