Alaska honorary cat mayor dies at 20

Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20. (Facebook/@TalkeetnaMayorStubbs)

TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20.

KTVA-TV reports the animal’s owners announced the cat’s death late Saturday.

According to Stubb’s family, Mayor Stubbs, as the cat was most commonly known, went to bed Thursday and died overnight.

Talkeetna, a town with a population of about 900, elected the yellow cat mayor in a write-in campaign in 1998.

There is no human mayor in the town.

Stubbs had survived an attack by a dog in 2013 and a false report of his death last year. But by late 2016, he was largely staying at home instead of being out and about at local Nagley’s General Store.