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Stalking ‘Cat Man’ Found Dead At Nevada Home

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Dennis Avner, a.k.a. the stalking cat man, was found dead earlier this week at his home in Tonopah, Nevada.

Avner earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records after he underwent extreme body modification to make himself look more like a tiger. Avner, a US Navy veteran who went by his Native American name Stalking Cat, was 54.

According to Shannon Larratt, a friend of the Stalking Cat, Avner wanted to modify his body in order to adopt his animal spirit.

Larratt writes:

“In addition to being almost completely covered in tattoos, he’d also sculpted his face and body with extensive silicone work, had custom teeth built to emulate his inner nature, and regularly wore contact lenses and an artificial robotic tail …. (Avner wanted to turn) himself not just into a tiger, but a female tiger at that, blurring and exploring the gender line as much as the species line.”

According to the Mail Online, Avner had much of his body modification done by Steve Haworth. Haworth sharpened the points of Avner’s ears, placed silicone in his cheeks and forehead, filed his teeth into fangs, and split his upper lip.

The cause of death has not been determined yet. According to the Herald Sun, many people are speculating that the stalking cat man committed suicide.

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36 Responses to “Stalking ‘Cat Man’ Found Dead At Nevada Home”

  1. Carlis Coleman

    A grown ass fifty-four year old man wants to turn himself into a female Tiger? Of course something was troubling him and instead of his friends and family talking to him they went ahead and let him modify his entire body into a fucking TIGER. Wow.

  2. Shauna Kaye

    well, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that someone who would even want to do this to themselves, let alone go to all the trouble to actually do it, probably isn't all that mentally stable…

  3. Shawnee Swick

    For crap's sake people! He was someone that was love by many and made a huge impact to the word around him. The cat/9 lives jokes are NOT funny and honestly they are disrespectful to him. Think about it. If this was your friend, spouse, uncle, Dad, or just someone you cared about would you want to hear the jokes and shitty remarks? I think not.May he rest in peace and find what he sought in life on the other side.

  4. Clifford R. McDonell

    sadly the circus told him they allready had a cat man, this just shows how truely unhappy he was with himself. painted people are trying to make themselves into something else, he probably did all these changes and realized it wasnt enough it didn't change anything, he was still himself under all that ink.

  5. Anonymous

    most likely he went to hell unless he had a deathbed conversion and repented of animal spirits and the destruction of the temple of the holy spirit (his body), there is no rest for the wicked, if he did not miraculously repent, he is in hell now with even nastier grotesques tormenting him (demons and devils), this is sad to see.

  6. Dave Daniels

    Too bad they couldn't get him into the nut house before tragedy struck.

  7. Samatha Leach

    Wow, you people are horrible. So this guy was different, who cares? What right do you have to judge him in every aspect? We are all unique and some more than others. Did you ever meet this guy? Probably not. So please, keep your harsh comments to yourself and let this man rest in peace.

  8. Shannon M. Chasing Hawk

    R.I.P. You definitely lived your life the way YOU wanted and didn't give a damn what people said. That's more than most of us can say. Have a safe journey to the Spirit World.

  9. Elizabeth Josephine Gowers

    When I told my husband, he asked, "Was he found with a major stash of catnip?" Sick joke aside, I hope he's finding peace in his new journey. I always found him to be an intriguing, fascinating person; I liked to watch the programs he (she?) was featured in. Wish I had gotten to know him in person.

  10. Anonymous

    What a Fool to waste his life trying to be a tiger. Next life try Frosted Flakes theirrrrrr Grreatttttttt.

  11. Jackie Krahn

    who said he was crazy? just because he transformed himself into something he thought he needed to be to get his animal spirit makes him a nut?

  12. Karmah Chameleon

    Sad. My guess is he was severely depressed. MHO…he couldn't have been too happy if he went through such lengths to make his *real self* disappear by drastic body mods and tattoos. My condolences to family and friends.

  13. Anonymous

    I don't care that he had tattoos, etc. His body, his choice. But someone who is so clearly "running" from what they really are toward something they are not is dealing with some pretty deep issues. Sorry he didn't get help in time apparently.

  14. Dave Daniels

    Ummmmmmmmmmmm,hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU YEAH? Whatever happened to donning a Halloween mask of a cat, crawling on all fours and licking milk from a saucer?

  15. Dave Daniels

    This shows us all just how greedy many Doctors in America are to do this to a human's face for money. What ever happened to "Ethics"?

  16. Pj Jackson

    You're right, Shauna. And, he OBVIOUSLY had more money than he knew what to do with. Really tics me off when so many OTHERS of us out here can't even keep a roof over our heads, or afford medical, or, dental care.

  17. Teila K. Day

    Pj Jackson … stop calling the kettle black. You have access to a computer (obviously), you have access to the internet, you probably have electricity, a car to drive, able to go to a salon and get your hair cut; you likely wear jewelry and I bet you haven't gone hungry over the last 6 months either. So stop being "ticked off" and quit whining about others having money as if having money you worked for is a sin. How much of your money and time do you regularly give to, say, poor minority kids in your state? When was the last time you be bopped over to your local Boys and Girls club and volunteered to teach kids basic algebra or donate $500 toward math and science books?

    So he had tattoos… and you probably smear paint over your lips, wear makeup and have holes in your ears. Fundamentally, it's the same thing. I don't like most tattoos and think Dennis looked ridiculous, many women I see with layers of caked makeup, bad eye shadow, horrible split ends, ugly shoes, bitten and ragged looking finger nails, and of course tramp stamps looking as if they were designed by an 8 year old- I also think look ridiculous.

    What he did with his body and money is his business and has nothing to do with others having the lack of money- seems to me he was spending money and time with people who likely didn't have "more money than they know what to do with".

    Most people in the U.S. that don't have money don't have it due to poor planning. There's a difference between:

    (1) you earn a 3.8 HS GPA, go to college with/without scholarship, or join the military to pay for school, graduate college with a degree in something viable (not history, english, art, literature, women studies, and other worthless liberal art majors) like engineering, physics, and other hard sciences; or a masters in accounting/CPA… then if you lose your job and can't find work for a year THAT's different than…

    (2) goof off in HS, drop out of Jr. College, wind up getting a job pushing papers for $10 hr., go to school for Medical Assisting and bitc.h because you're living paycheck to paycheck, go lucky and purchased a $400,000 house and not blame the bank for your lack of basic math and common sense- lost your job and mad at the world because no one is hiring Medical Assistants in your area (ya think not?)

    Most whiners fall in to a category most like #2 not #1.

  18. Vicki Dunmire Crowther

    Teila K. Day – The problems with people in the U.S. in a nutshell! Perfectly stated!!

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