Oreo, the real-life raccoon that was used as a model to help animators capture the motion and behaviors used for the CGI Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, has passed away.
Quinta Layla, the group in Portugal who took care of Oreo, posted the news on Facebook this morning. Oreo was nearly 10 years old, though with the average life expectancy of a wild Raccoon being 2-3 years, he lived a relatively long life.
In the official post, Quinta Layla wrote “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.”
On top of being used as Rocket’s model for the MCU films, Oreo also accompanied director James Gunn to the film’s European premiere. Rocket Raccoon was originally created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen for Marvel Preview #7 in 1976 and was inspired by The Beatles song Rocky Raccoon. Rocket eventually appeared as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in 2008. In the MCU films, Rocket is portrayed by James Gunn’s brother Sean Gunn via motion capture, and is voiced by Bradley Cooper.
For more on Rocket Raccoon, read our review of the solo comic Rocket Raccoon #1, which we called “Amazing” saying “Rocket #1 offers a surprisingly effective and well-rounded take on the furry hero’s solo adventures.”
In other Guardians of the Galaxy news, check out how Star Lord actor Chris Pratt says the third film will be working off James Gunn’s script.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.