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BAMZ attraction Darth Vader dies

Diver Tamara Sukdeo sprinkles sand over Darth Vader the grouper as Aqua Camp member Josie De Braga looks on (file photograph)

Darth Vader, a grouper at the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo known for his affection for belly rubs, has died.

The large black grouper, a long-time resident of the facility’s North Rock exhibit, was believed to be between 25 and 30 years old, and had been at the zoo for more than 20 years.

In a Facebook post, BAMZ said: “Two and a half weeks ago Darth developed a medical condition and was treated with various medications to alleviate the symptoms.

“His overall condition was improving, much to the relief of staff, and he appeared to be on the mend.

“Unfortunately yesterday he passed away suddenly. A full investigation will be carried out to try and determine his cause of death. At this time no other fish are showing any symptoms and the North Rock tank’s water quality appears to be fine.

“Our staff are greatly missing him and grieving his loss.”