Dennis Avner was known worldwide as the “Cat man” for the impressive physical transformation and the numerous surgeries he underwent to look like a tiger.
Who was the “Cat Man” of the United States?
Avner, a veteran of the United States Navy who became a programmer, once said that he began his transformation after speaking with an indigenous shaman who told him of “Follow the path of the tiger”, his totem animal.
The “Cat Man,” of Lakota and Ferret descent, did not take these words lightly. He stated on his website that he decided to “follow an old tradition of the ferret people and transform himself into a tiger.”
What surgeries Dennis Avner had to become the “Cat Man”
Avner spent thousands of dollars on cosmetic surgeries and procedures which included division of the upper lip, surgical puncture of the ears to make them look pointed, placement of silicone implants in the cheeks and forehead, flattening of the nose, filing of teeth, tattoos on the face and a large part of the body and piercings facials. All this in order to look like a feline.
Every morning, Avner also placed synthetic whiskers on the face with lip piercings and vertical pupil contact lenses. He also sometimes wore a robotic tail and had long, sharp nails like claws.
He became famous in the 90’s as Catman, although he liked to use the name of Stalking Cat (Feline on the prowl). As a result of its unusual appearance, Stalking Cat achieved the status of local celebrity in the United States and participated in events and television shows such as Ripley, believe it or not!, Larry King Live O Totally Obsessed, among others.
“I am an attraction anywhere in the world. I do not worry about the siege of people, since that happens in every place I go ”, once declared the Cat Man.
The tragic end of Dennis Avner
Avner was found dead in the garage of his Tonopah home, Nevada, on November 5, 2012. Although the official cause was never known, local media and friends they said he committed suicide. He was 54 years old.
Your friend Shannon Larratt, editor of the magazine specialized in body modification BMEzine, described it on his blog as “a wonderful and complex person, sometimes as worried as it is extraordinary ”.
He added that Stalking Cat se had transformed into “a tigress, blurring and exploring the genus line as much as the species line”.
“Dennis’s life broke boundaries and it was never easy and, as he liked to say, ‘he found fame, but never fortune,’” Larratt fired.
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