Dennis Avner better known by his Native American name “Stalking Cat,” died on Nov. 5. He was 54.  Avner, who went by his Indian name ‘Stalking Cat, underwent a series of radical body modification procedures, including the splitting o his upper lip and implants in the forehead, to make himself look like a female cat.  To complete the process he had breast implants, fangs and tattoos on his face.

Descended from American Indians, Avner, who once said in an interview that he was a Huron and was following “a very old tradition” to transfer himself into a tiger, said he felt inspired to turn himself into a cat after a discussion with a Native chief who inspired him to ‘follow the ways of the tiger.’

A few years ago, Avner gained worldwide fame after he clinched the title of the “most permanent transformations to look like an animal” in the Guinness Book of World Records. Since then, the “Cat Man” had been featured on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!,” VH1’s “Totally Obsessed,” Animal Planet’s “Weird, True & Freaky” and several other TV shows.