In a shocking development last week, Alex the Parrot dropped dead overnight. It is unknown whether drugs were involved. Only 30 years old, he had just passed a medical exam, 3 weeks prior, with a clean bill of health, while the average lifespan of Gray Parrots is 50 years.
Alex (A-vian L-earning EX-periment) has been the subject of a thirty-year study in developing parrot communication. Alex has demonstrated an unprecedented level (umm, for birds) of emotional intelligence and ability to communicate with humans.
"When Dr Pepperberg left Alex with a vet for treatment, Alex vocalized the words 'Come here. I love you. I'm sorry. I want to go back.'"
Does human love cause heartattacks?!?
Alex (parrot) - wikipedia.org