Dennis Avner, better known under his Native American name Stalking Cat, passed away on November 5. He was 54.
No cause of death has been given, but it is believed he took his own life.
A former US Navy sonar technician, and programmer, Stalking Cat was famous for having had extensive cosmetic surgery to adopt the likeness of his totem animal, the tiger, in accordance with Huron traditions.
His body modifications included a split lip, transdermal whisker-holding implants, dental surgery, and silicone injections. He was also extensively tattooed.