Hardly anyone knew his name–or that he even existed–but we’ve all lost one fo the true heroes of Marvel Studios’ Guardian of the Galaxy.
The real-life raccoon who was used as the model for the gun-happy ROCKET RACCOON from Guardian of the Galaxy films has died. His name was Oreo, and he was cared for by Quinta Layla, a group in Portugal. They posted on their Facebook page about Oreo’s passing:
“We have only the saddest news today. Our hearts are broken as we have lost our best friend, our Guardian of our Galaxy Mr Oreo Raccoon. Oreo passed away in the early hours of this morning after a very short illness. Many thanks to our wonderful vets for their compassion and care. Oreo you made so many people’s lives happy. You have been an amazing ambassador for raccoons everywhere.You loved all people of all ages and other animals too and were never phased by anything be it a walk down the red carpet as Rocket Raccoon, a trip to a hospice to visit a sick child or anything else that came your way. You just enjoyed everything and it showed.”