By Evonne Ermey
SeaWorld officials announced today, January 6, that Tilikum, the orca at the center of the controversial documentary Black Fish has died. Tilikum was 36-years old.
No cause of death was given, but SeaWorld officials told CBS News that the whale had been facing serious health issues for some time and a necropsy is being performed.
Tilikum had, and will continue to have a special place in the hearts of the SeaWorld family, as well as the millions of people all over the world that he inspired,” SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby said.
Tilikum arrived at the Orlando, Florida park around 25-years ago.
SeaWorld San Diego will have their last orca show Sunday.