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Gorilla Believed To Be Age 47 Dies At Columbus Zoo

POWELL, Ohio (AP) - A gorilla who was an adoptive father to 16 gorillas has died at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He was believed to be age 47. The zoo said Mumbah was eating breakfast with his family when he collapsed on Friday morning. An animal care team had tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. A zoo spokeswoman said an autopsy of the animal showed he died of heart failure. She said he also had a history of hypertension. The gorilla was born in Africa and was well past a male gorilla's life expectancy of 31 years. He came to the Columbus zoo in 1984 from Howletts Wild Animal Park in England. Jack Hanna, the Columbus zoo's director emeritus, said in a statement he had been impressed with Mumbah's wonderful personality.