The death of George the snail was announced, and he was the last of his kind. It sounds as if George suffered from agoraphobia, or perhaps he just didn't want to go out into an indifferent, cruel world that had done in all his hermaphroditic brethren, save for him. I think he probably died in his sleep from old age. We shall never see the likes of him/her again, provided he isn't cloned in the future. George didn't live life in the fast lane, but, rather, lived a quiet and contemplative existence.