Beloved Hong Kong icon Brother Cream dies

  • The cat rose to fame in 2012 when he briefly went missing, and netizens searched for him for nearly a month and brought him home
  • His owner Bee Ko Chee-shing said, 'He will always be in our hearts'
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Brother Cream with his owner Bee Ko Chee-shing at their convenience store in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Beloved Hong Kong internet icon Brother Cream passed away on Sunday from stomach cancer, said his owner Bee Ko Chee-shing.

The British Shorthair cat was 14.

Also called Cream Bro, the cat skyrocketed to internet fame in 2012, when he briefly went missing from the newspaper stall in Tsim Sha Tsui East that he called home. Cat lovers searched the city for 26 days before he was found and returned. The stall closed down in 2016, but Brother Cream reappeared later at Ko's new pet products store in Yau Ma Tei.

He was the subject of four books, and Ko established a foundation to support animal charities in his name.

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"Over the past years, some of you have come to the store to visit him," Ko wrote on Instagram. "I wanted to thank you for your kindness and for helping make his life as good as it has been. Cream Bro was full of love and acceptance. He will always be in our hearts."

"We hope that everyone else who has loved and lost a pet knows that the love they shared was special, and they will meet again over the rainbow bridge."