Draven Rodriguez, Teen Behind Viral 'Laser Cat' Yearbook Photo, Dies at 17

February 21, 2015 8:03 PM

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Draven Rodriguez, Teen Behind Viral 'Laser Cat' Yearbook Photo, Dies at 17

An upstate New York teen who became an Internet sensation last fall after petitioning his school to let him appear in a senior yearbook photo with his cat has died after apparently taking his own life, according to police and the teen's parents. Draven Rodriguez, 17, was a senior at Schenectady High School when his petition for his yearbook photo to feature him and his beloved rescue cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, against a blue and pink laser background went viral. The petition gained thousands of signatures online after the school initially refused.

While the school did ultimately reject the individual photo, Schenectady High School Principal Diane Wilkinson embraced the student's vision and allowed a photo of herself and her rescue dog alongside Rodriguez and his cat to appear on her page in the yearbook, according to TODAY. Rodriguez, Wilkins...

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