Angel Tube’s feline busking star of A Street Cat Named Bob passes away

Big Issue seller James Bowen and his cat Bob, who have been a familiar sight together at Angel Tube

Big Issue seller James Bowen and his cat Bob, who have been a familiar sight together at Angel Tube station. Picture: Philip Toscano - Credit: Philip Toscano

A famous cat, who was the star of a bestselling franchise about an Angel Tube busker, has passed away.

James Bowen with Bob the Cat at a book-signing at Waterstones in Islington Green. Picture: Dieter Pe

James Bowen with Bob the Cat at a book-signing at Waterstones in Islington Green. Picture: Dieter Perry - Credit: Archant

Author James Bowen and his publisher Hodder & Stoughton have announced that Bob, of A Street Cat Named Bob and its sequels, died on June 15.

The book detailed James’ true story about being a recovering addict whose life was transformed by an abandoned and injured ginger cat.

READ MORE: Big Issue seller James Bowen and his street cat Bob show support for Blue CrossBusking together around Angel Tube, the duo became a hit sensation after the first book was published in 2012.

The series has sold more than eight million copies in forty languages, and was made into a film in 2016. A sequel featuring Bob, A Gift From Bob, is due to come out later this year.

James said Bob, who was at least 14, “saved his life” by providing direction and purpose: “He’s met thousands of people, touched millions of lives.


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“There’s never been a cat like him. And never will again. I feel like the light has gone out in my life. I will never forget him.”

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