Dublin Zoo's lead gorilla Harry has died

He passed away on Sunday after a short illness

Dublin Zoo's lead gorilla Harry has died

Harry | Image via: Dublin Zoo Facebook

Dublin Zoo has confirmed that one of their gorillas has died.

Harry, the 'silverback', was the leader of the gorilla troop at the zoo. He was 29 years old and the father of six offspring.

He died on Sunday, May 29th, after a short illness.

Dublin Zoo took to their Facebook page to make the announcement, saying that he was a "very gentle and calm gorilla" and would be missed by everyone at the zoo. 

Staff said the exact reason for Harry's death is still unknown and they are awaiting the final results of a post-mortem.