Tiger Who Mauled, Killed Palm Beach Zoo Employee Dies During Surgery

A tiger that drew worldwide attention when it killed a Pam Beach Zoo employee last year is now dead.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Malayan tiger, Hati," the Zoo said in a Facebook post early Friday. "He was 14-years-old."

The tiger allegedly died after undergoing surgery Thursday. The zoo says he had emergency surgery after staff noticed an abnormal bulge, according to the statement, and stopped breathing shortly after.

In April 2016, Hati mauled and killed 38-year-old zookeeper Stacey Konwiser after she walked into an enclosure where the tiger was located. Medical examiners said Konwiser suffered fatal bites to her neck from the attack.

A state report released in October blamed Konwiser for not following "established safety procedures and exonerated the zoo of wrongdoing.

An autopsy of the tiger is scheduled for Firdau.

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