Stephen Claussen

 

Age: 41

 

Summary: wildlife expert and animal trainer best known for his work preparing Free Willy movie star Keiko the killer whale (orca) in the wild off the Norwegian coast in 2002, but Keiko later died of pneumonia on Dec. 12, 2003 at age 27.

 

 

Cause of Death: Airplane accident

 

Born: October 3, 1966

 

Died: May 17, 2008

 

Location: Eagleswood, New Jersey