Cheetah the chimp from 1930s Tarzan movies passes away

Cheetah the chimp from the 1930s Tarzan movies passed away this past December 24th.

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor announced that Cheetah died Dec. 24 of kidney failure.

Sanctuary outreach director Debbie Cobb on Wednesday told The Tampa Tribune newspaper that Cheetah was outgoing, loved finger painting and liked to see people laugh. She says he seemed to be tuned into human feelings.

Cheetah came to the sanctuary from Weissmuller’s estate sometime around 1960.

Most captive chimps only live to be about 35-45 years old. Cheetah was 80.