‘Leopard Man of Skye’ dies at 80

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London, June 16 (IANS) A former soldier who was once the world’s most tattooed man died in a care home at the age of 80.

Tom Leppard, born Tom Wooldridge, spent $7,761 on his art and lived in a small bothy in Skye, Scotland, for more than two decades, Daily Mail reported.

The pensioner – known as the “Leopard Man of Skye” — swapped his hut on the banks of Loch na Beiste for a house in 2008 and later moved into a home in Inverness, where he died on Sunday.

Leppard said he had no regrets about his tattoos, which began as a way to make money.

“I thought if I get the biggest of something and live in a strange way people might pay me,” the Leopard man added.

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Despite his spots, he felt no affinity with leopards and called spiritual questions about his tattoos “rubbish”.

When living in Skye, his home was a ruined shelter under a roof made from pieces of plastic sheeting.

He had no electricity, no furniture and had to canoe three miles for his weekly shopping.

–IANS

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