Dennis Avner Dies at 54: “Stalking Cat” Man

    November 15, 2012

Those who are aware of and heavily invested into extreme body transformations probably know of Dennis Avner, who underwent plastic surgery to have his body equal a cat’s body as much as possible. Unfortunately, Dennis Avner passed away last week at the age of 54.

Avner was a United States Army veteran from Tonopah, Nevada. After his service, Avner spent a lot of time (and money) transforming his anatomy into a feline body with aid of plastic surgery. This included:

  • Bifurcation (splitting of his upper lip)
  • Pointing of the ears
  • Silicone implants in the cheeks and forehead

According to The Daily Mail, Avner’s transformation inspiration came from his Native American heritage after a discussion with a Chief who suggested he should “follow the ways of the tiger.” Avner then acquired the alias of “Stalking Cat.”

Avner has appeared on various television shows, including many episodes of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

On November 5th, Dennis Avner was found dead at the age of 54. The cause of his death has to be determined; however, many rumors are circling that Avner committed suicide. Various Twitter users have posted their respects to Dennis Avner: