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>> His life in captivity sparked international outcry. Threatening to take down SeaWorld, the place he called home. But on Friday, fans must say goodbye to Tilikum. The park's largest orca whale passing away at the estimated age of 36. The more than ten ton mammal among those featured in the 2013 documentary Blackfish.
A less than flattering portrait of SeaWorld's treatment of its biggest stars. Three humans died while in his tank. The film blaming the stress of captivity as a cause. The PR backlash so strong, it forced SeaWorld to cut jobs, lose promotional deals. And announce an end to its orca whale breeding program.
Tilikum had been suffering from a lung infection. SeaWorld says he died surrounded by staff and his doctors.