By Claudia Peschiutta

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A famous chimpanzee who could beg for sweets using sign language and was addicted to cigarettes has died.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports the beloved chimp died at the age of 44 last weekend.

Booie, who lived at the Wildlife Waystation in the Angeles National Forest, died Saturday while undergoing treatment for a heart condition, said Martine Colette, founder of the wild and exotic animal refuge.

Colette remembered the chimp as very particular in his habits.

“He was never one for having long philosophical discussions, but he was always prepared to have a discussion about what he wants, like he would like a soda, he would like some juice, he would like a candy,” said Colette.

Booie came to the sanctuary after he was “retired” in 1995 from a medical research facility in New York.

And although the chimp suffered from hepatitis and a bad heart, he was ultimately able to kick the smoking habit before he died.

“I actually didn’t let him out for cigarettes,” she said.

Comments (9)
  1. bletch says:

    Man, smokes cigs, grubs on some candy and soda, retired from the government, even caught him a little Hep along the way? Sounds like a real partier. Rest In Peace lil buddy.

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  2. Corinne Anderson says:

    Poor angel.

  3. JCINHB says:

    Sounds like he was one cool Chimp…. so who bought him the smokes? If he did some blow, he could have hung out with Charlie Sheen!

    1. Smokey says:

      Naw, even a chimp is too smart to hang with that chump.

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