Paul the octopus, and unlikely football oracle, sadly died in his sleep on Tuesday at his home in the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany.
Paul, who originally hails from Weymouth in Dorset, shot to fame during this summer’s World Cup as he correctly predicted the outcome of all Germany’s matches and the final.
One of his last prophecies was that England would win the bid to host the 2018 World Cup and he subsequently became an official ambassador for the bid.
At two-and-a-half years old, his death was not a complete surprise. The average life expectancy for an octopus is around two years but Sea Life Centre Manager, Stefan Porwoll said Paul was special and that he will be dearly missed by staff.
“We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here,” he added.
A memorial will now be erected at the centre and his legacy will reportedly live on. Potential books, toys, clothing lines and mobile phone applications are being mooted and a documentary is due to be released early next year.
More strangely, a low-budget comedy film about who killed Paul the octopus was already being made. Chinese director, Jiang Xiao even suggests that Paul might have died two days before the World Cup final but this conspiracy theory has been refuted by the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre.