Sadly, it must be reported that due to chronic medical problems, King's life was ended on March 25, 1997. His loss will be felt for some time but soon, it is hoped, memories of King will be thoughts of the good times that were had with him, rather than the time with him that was lost.
In memory of King, grieve not for him. Rejoice in the time you have with your pets and loved ones. Treat them especially nice. In memory of King.