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Paul the 'psychic' World Cup octopus dead

Paul the octopus, who shot to fame during this year's football World Cup in South Africa for his flawless record in predicting game outcomes, has died, his aquarium in Germany said Tuesday.

"Management and staff at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre were devastated to discover that oracle octopus Paul, who achieved global renown during the recent World Cup, had passed away overnight," the aquarium said in a sombre statement.

"Paul amazed the world by correctly predicting the winners of all Germany's World Cup clashes, and then of the final," said Sea Life manager Stefan Porwoll.

"His success made him almost a bigger story than the World Cup itself... We had all naturally grown very fond of him and he will be sorely missed," said Porwoll.

Paul beat the odds during the World Cup by correctly forecasting all eight games he was asked to predict, including Spain's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.

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Maradona2235d ago

Poor "man".

Hope one of his kids will follow his footsteps:)

Rest in peace

kulka2235d ago

R.I.P maybe the best football expert ever got all the results spot on

foss32234d ago

They should have let him free. An octopus that intelligent would know he is captive and probably ended his life knowing he was now going to be exploited for human gain and had no chance of breathing in the free ocean water again.

ArabianKnight2234d ago

I wonder if he saw that coming !

karim2234d ago

I bet he did :P but i would have loved to see him predict the ballon d'or winner