Socks The Cat Dies

Socks, the White House cat during the Clinton administration, has died. He was about 18.

Socks had lived with Bill Clinton's secretary, Betty Currie, in Hollywood, Md., since the Clintons left the White House in early 2001. He didn't get along with the Clintons' dog, Buddy, and aggravated the president's allergies.

Currie confirmed Socks' death Friday evening and said she was "heartbroken." She did not give details and referred calls to the
Clinton Foundation office.

Socks had reached his late teens -- an advanced age for a cat -- when reports surfaced in late 2008 that he had cancer and Currie had ruled out invasive efforts to prolong his life.

He was what feline-lovers call a tuxedo cat -- mostly black with white down the front and belly and on his feet.

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