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'Tarzan' Chimpanzee Dies in Florida

A file photo shows Johnny Weissmuller, right, as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee, in a scene from the 1932 movie Tarzan the Ape Man.

Cheetah, the chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan movies of the 1930s, has died.

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in the southeastern state of Florida says Cheetah died Saturday of kidney failure.

The sanctuary says Cheetah, who was 80 years old, made an impact on many children and adults throughout the years, and it asks visitors to its website,, to share their memories about the animal.

It says the community has lost a "dear friend and family member."

Cheetah was the sidekick to Johnny Weissmuller, who played Tarzan, a man who was raised by apes in Africa.