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Beloved 'Dolphin Tale' star Winter died of twisted intestine

Famous Dolphin
Posted at 2:43 PM, Nov 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-14 17:43:31-05

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s most famous dolphin Winter died of twisted intestines.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium said Saturday that necropsy results revealed the dolphin's intestines were impossible to reach through surgery.

Winter died Thursday. The star of the 2011 movie “Dolphin Tale,” which chronicled the amputation of her tail and struggle to swim with a prosthetic one, was beloved by fans around the world.

Fans — including autistic children and soldiers with missing limbs — made pilgrimages to visit the inspiring dolphin.

Aquarium staff worked around the clock in recent days to minimize the animal's pain. The facility was closed Friday but reopened Saturday.