Bob the cat, who inspired books and film ‘A Street Cat Named Bob,’ has died

The stray cat whose relationship with a homeless recovering heroin addict inspired books and the film “A Street Cat Named Bob,” has died.

Bob was believed to be about 14 years old.

James Bowen, a recovering addict, found the abandoned and injured ginger cat in 2007.

In the streets of London, Bowen would take Bob with him as he busked and sold The Big Issue — a British magazine that generates income for the homeless.

“James took care of Bob who in turn gave him a reason to get up each morning,” a statement on A Streetcat Named Bob’s Facebook page said.

The pair’s bond inspired Bowen to write his first book, A Street Cat Named Bob in 2012. It was a hit, selling eight million copies, according to publisher Hodder & Stoughton.

The success of the book led a 2016 film starring Bob as himself and five sequels to the book.

“Bob saved my life. It’s as simple as that. He gave me so much more than companionship. With him at my side, I found a direction and purpose that I’d been missing,” Bowen said in the statement on Facebook.

“There’s never been a cat like him. And never will again. I feel like the light has gone out in my life. I will never forget him.”

Entertainment – Canoe