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Paul the Octopus, who gained worldwide fame this year by correctly predicting the outcome of eight World Cup soccer matches including the final this year, died peacefully in his sleep, the Sea Life Center in Oberhausen, Germany, media reports said.

“Management and staff of the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium were devastated when Paul was found dead this morning,” the aquarium said in a statement.

The aquarium said it would erect a monument to the little brown octopus whose astounding predictive powers turned him into the true star of the tournament, eclipsing the likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Thomas Müller and Andres Iniesta. Spain won, and “Pulpo Paul” found a place in the hearts of the country's people.

TV channels around the world provided live coverage of his forecasts in June and July, made by choosing a tasty mollusc from two glass boxes lowered into his tank. Each glass box was marked with the flag of a soccer team and the one he opened first was his choice of winner.

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  • migara Tuesday, 26 October 2010 10:52 AM

    What a tragedy sooooo sad.

    Tm Abay Tuesday, 26 October 2010 10:52 AM

    MayB it's killed on purpose. This is gonna B another good publicity stunt

    Tintin Tuesday, 26 October 2010 11:58 PM

    You were indeed the true star of Fifa 2010. RIP Paul!

    mayum Wednesday, 27 October 2010 12:50 AM

    ha ha ha...love the comment posted by Sam.... good one!

    Sherwin Wednesday, 27 October 2010 01:10 AM

    Lets us speculate once again on the Eastern beliefs of rebirth and reincarnation in a very comforting way,more so of the non existence death as we know it (Silo)! Long live Paul !!

    sw Wednesday, 27 October 2010 02:25 AM

    Due to over work.

    Naren Senaratna Wednesday, 27 October 2010 02:44 AM

    How cold anyone say that Paul died peacefully in his sleep? He was trapped and not free to live in his natural wild environment ... people who held him all this time should be trapped too and locked in to see how they feel ...

    unl Wednesday, 27 October 2010 02:51 AM

    Sri Lankan Government should be responsible for this.

    cw Wednesday, 27 October 2010 03:36 AM

    crap no way

    Above the crowd Mr. Wednesday, 27 October 2010 11:29 AM

    Now its dead,we don't want to hear this stupid story any more The world is full of people who love this kind of cheap stuff.

    T.Jayasinghe Tuesday, 26 October 2010 12:54 PM

    Tissa - May he be re born in Sri Lanka and become an astrologer.

    robin Tuesday, 26 October 2010 01:17 PM

    POOR PAUL..HEY GUYS N GIRLS YOU KNOW WHO HAS PREDICTED THE PAULS DEATH MANI THE PARROT FROM MALAYSIA

    Practical Tuesday, 26 October 2010 01:21 PM

    Truly sad that it could not predict its own death!

    meranchi Tuesday, 26 October 2010 01:25 PM

    very sad news now who will read the sport fortune....

    sam Tuesday, 26 October 2010 01:26 PM

    Please appoint a committee whether SF involved in this case.

    Pauls fan Tuesday, 26 October 2010 02:03 PM

    That's if he was in Sri Lanka.

    Dr Kaluarachchi Tuesday, 26 October 2010 02:09 PM

    now.. pls. dont acccuse that the Paul the Octopus was sent in a White van.

    Josh Tuesday, 26 October 2010 02:59 PM

    RIP... may he rest in peace!!!

    kasun Wednesday, 27 October 2010 04:57 AM

    Ayiooooooooooooooooooooooo


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