Tilikum, the orca who killed several people and was featured in the documentary "Blackfish" making the case against keeping orcas in captivity, died on Friday, SeaWorld Entertaintment Inc said.
"From the moment he was taken from his ocean family, his life was tragic and filled with pain, as are the lives of the other animals who remain in SeaWorld's tanks and exhibits," Lisa Lange, senior vice president for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a statement.
After the documentary and protests by PETA, SeaWorld cut jobs, lost promotional deals and faced attendance drops.
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