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Off the Wall News: Kitty with underwater weight loss regimen that caused web sensation dies

December 6th, 2013 5:13 pm by Bonnie Burch, The Tennessean

Off the Wall News: Kitty with underwater weight loss regimen that caused web sensation dies

Buddha exercises on an underwater treadmill at Animalia veterinary clinic in Franklin. (Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

NASHVILLE — Buddha, Nashville’s famous fat cat that became a media sensation when his story went viral across the globe from Australia to Vietnam to England, died Thursday night.

“Buddha was diagnosed as having a congenital heart defect. The way it was explained to us is that his heart walls were thickened. The weight certainly put added stress on his heart,” said Penny Adams, a volunteer with the Cat Shoppe/Dog Store in Nashville's Berry Hill community, a retail store that manages the nonprofit Cat Shoppe Rescue Inc.

The gray and white domestic shorthair was about 6 years old.

After working out on an underwater treadmill and watching his treat intake, Buddha’s quest to lose weight inspired humans to drop a few pounds.

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