Socks the Cat, R.I.P.

Beloved White House pet Socks the cat is dead.

The one-time First Feline, known to millions as the Former President Bill Clinton and family’s White House pet, passed away after being put to sleep due to his battle with throat cancer today. He was 20.

“Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea [Clinton] and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere,” the Clintons said in a statement. “We’re grateful for those memories, and we especially want to thank our good friend, [former Clinton secretary] Betty Currie, for taking such loving care of Socks for so many years.”

People magazine reports that, when the Clintons left the White House, Socks was put in the care of Currie, to whom the cat had developed an attachment.

Chelsea Clinton found Socks as a stray, and brought him to live in the governor’s mansion in Arkansas, before they relocated the White House during the Clinton Administration.

Socks became a popular symbol of the Clinton-era White House.

Barry Landau, a family friend and historian, stated that Socks was a sought-after photo op with visiting heads of state.

R.I.P., Socks. May you enjoy eternity playing with that great catnip ball in the sky.