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Jack the Cat Dies from Wounds

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Jack the cat, the Norwegian Forest kitty that captured hearts across the country when he was found seven weeks after getting lost at New York's JFK airport, died on Sunday.

According to a statement made on his fan Facebook page, the five-year-old feline was euthanized Sunday by a veterinarian after succumbing to his wounds.

“Jack had extensive wounds on the back of his body, and the wounds were unable to heal because his skin had deteriorated due to the malnutrition that occurred while he was lost … The vet compared his skin condition to having severe burns over 50-60 percent of his body,” the statement read.

“The vet was very clear that she had conferred with every possible doctor regarding options for Jack, but none of them left him with a substantial chance of survival and all of them involved him suffering,” the statement continued.

American Airlines said in a previous statement that they assumed responsibility for covering Jack’s veterinary and medical expenses after he was found on Oct. 26 -- nearly two months after becoming lost when his owner, Karen Pascoe, was traveling from New York to California.

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