High schooler behind viral laser-cat yearbook photo committed suicide

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Draven Rodriguez, a high school senior whose viral yearbook photo showed him posing with his cat in front of a background of laser beams, has died. He was 17.

Local reports said the Schenectady High School student took his own life on Thursday night. A family member confirmed to Mashable that he had died, but declined to comment further.

Rodriguez’s quirky and unconventional photo with his cat Mr. Bigglesworth made waves back in September. And while it was not part of the regular senior portrait section, the photo was featured on principal Diane Wilkinson’s page to raise awareness for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady. Read more…

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