Ricky Gervais' beloved cat Ollie dies

Ricky Gervais' pet cat has died.

The 58-year-old comedian and his partner Jane Fallon are both heartbroken over the passing of their 16-year-old Siamese cat Ollie on Tuesday morning (10.03.20).

The 'After Life' star took to Twitter to share a photo of his beloved feline friend sitting on his lap and tell his 14.2 million followers the sad news.

He wrote: "Just had to say goodbye to the sweetest little soul I've ever known. RIP Ollie July 9th 2003 - March 10th 2020."

Author Jane, 59, also tweeted the news and photo tribute to her pussy pal.

She wrote on social media: "I have awful news. My smart, funny, feisty, beautiful sidekick of the last 16 & a half years @myleftfang has passed away after a sudden down turn in her health at the weekend.

"My heart is broken in two. I have no idea what I'm going to do without her by my side. #Ollie."

Ollie got her name from Ricky's comedy hero Oliver Hardy and had thousands of her own followers on Twitter under the handle @myleftfang.

'The Office' creator was given the moggie as a surprise gift by his friend Jonathan Ross when he appeared on the TV star's show back in 2003.

Ollie had been in ill health in April 2019 and had to have her stomach fur shaved so she could have an IV drip inserted which led to the cat's recovery.

Unfortunately, Ricky's pet pal fell ill again last weekend and took a turn for the worse.

Ricky - who has no children with Jane - has often admitted that he prefers animals to humans and he is regularly highlights animal rights abuses on his Twitter account.

Speaking about his love of animals, he said: "I prefer animals to people - the world is a much nicer place with their little faces.

"I can't abide to cruelty towards animals in any form. It's completely wrong. We need to be kind to them because they make us better people."