TV star `Flipper' dies in Miami

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Bebe, the last of seven bottlenose dolphins (left) that starred in the Flipper television series, has died. She was 40.

The dolphin died "of old age" last week at the Miami Seaquarium where she was born in 1956; Atlantic bottlenose dolphins typically live 25 to 35 years. MGM-TV's Flipper, a spin-off from two films, aired on NBC from 1964 to 1967, with the dolphins playing alongside actors Brian Kelly, Tommy Norden and Luke Halpin.