NEW YORK – A cat that gained international attention after getting lost at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) -- and then being found two months later -- has died.
Jack was on the brink of death when he was found in a customs room at JFK but it was hoped that he would survive after intensive treatment, myFOXny.com reported.
Jack -- who vanished Aug. 25 before a flight with his owner to San Francisco -- stunned airport workers when he fell through a ceiling tile at Terminal 8 in late October.
The veterinarian caring for Jack said more than two months on his own had left the animal severely malnourished and dehydrated. He developed dangerous skin and liver conditions while trying to survive at the airport.
The veterinarian treating Jack gave him only a 50-50 chance of surviving.
The administrator of a Facebook page set up while Jack was missing posted Sunday, "Dear FoJs [friends of Jack]:
It is with tears that I must tell you that Jack has gone over the rainbow bridge."
"Jack had extensive wounds on the back of his body, and the wounds were unable to heal because his skin had deteriorated due to the malnutrition that occurred while he was lost," the post continued.
"Despite antibiotics, the infections were worsening, and his skin was continuing to deteriorate. He needed surgery to treat the wounds, but there was not enough available skin to close the wounds after the surgery. The vet compared his skin condition to having severe burns over 50-60 percent of his body.
"The vet was very clear that she had conferred with every possible doctor regarding options for Jack, but none of them left him with a substantial chance of survival and all of them involved him suffering. Jack had been through so much, and the last thing anyone wanted was for him to suffer more."