Paul the Octopus dies at 2 1/2 after World Cup fame

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Paul the prescient octopus has tipped Spain to beat Holland and win the World Cup. The mollusc also predicted Germany would beat Uruguay in the consolation contest. (July 9)

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010; 11:49 AM

Paul the Octopus, who rose to worldwide fame for correctly predicting the winner of several World Cup 2010 games, died at the age of 2 1/2.

As Cindy Boren explains:

The lifeless body of the octopus was discovered in his tank early Tuesday morning, according to a spokesman at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany.

"He appears to have passed away peacefully during the night, of natural causes, and we are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here," Stefan Porwoll, manager of the aquarium, told the Daily Mail, nipping conspiracy theories in the bud.

Steven Goff of Soccer Insider reported:

A moment of silence for Paul the Octopus, the World Cup prognosticator who gained international fame over the summer. He passed away of natural causes at age 2 1/2.

Melissa Bell also reported on some of the reactions from the twitterverse to Paul's death.

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