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‘Game of Thrones’ bear actor dies

Bart the Bear II, a famous grizzly bear who appeared in countless movies and television series such as “We Bought a Zoo” and “Game of Thrones,” has died, according to his family, Lynne and Doug Seus.

In a post on The Vital Ground Foundation, co-founded by Seus, it said it was “forever humbled and grateful for sharing our lives with this aristocratic grizzly.”

Vital Ground works primarily in the Rocky Mountains to conserve land for grizzly bears and other wildlife, its website says.

In 2000, Bart was orphaned in Alaska with his older sister, Honey Bump, after their mother was killed by a hunter, Vital Ground said. He was brought to Utah, where he lived his life as a 1,400-pound bear and became an ambassador for The Vital Ground Foundation.

He has “appeared in many feature films, including Dr. Dolittle 2, Life Unfinished, Into the West, Evan Almighty, Have You Heard About the Morgans?, Without a Paddle, Zookeeper, Pete’s Dragon, We Bought a Zoo, Into the Wild, The Grizzly Maze and Game of Thrones, as well as many other TV shows and commercials,” said Vital Ground.

Bart died “silently and naturally” along the banks of Daniel Creek in Utah earlier this week. He was survived by his sister Honey Bump and many at the foundation loved him, his obituary said.

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