GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose has thanked fans for their kind words after the recent death of his 14-year-old cat Dexter Maranello Rose.

Axl‘s shared the news of Dexter‘s passing in a tweet on Wednesday (November 17) by posting a photo of the black-and-gray tabby cat, which Axl nicknamed Dexy, posing outdoors atop a rock. This prompted many of his 1.2 million Twitter followers to offer their condolences and share their own stories and memories of their much-loved pets.

On Saturday (November 20), Axl returned to Twitter to write: “Thank you to everyone for all the kind words n’ support w/Dexy‘s passing, it means a lot. N’ thank you to all the animal lovers who shared their stories of losing a friend/family member. Good friends r hard to find n’ we’re all lucky when we find them (or they find us!)”

Rose, whose profile picture on Twitter is a French bulldog puppy, had reportedly owned several others cats prior to Dexter, including Dijon and Whiskey.

In a 2012 interview with USA Today, Axl claimed he owned a zoo, saying: “My animals are my buddies. They need lots of love and attention.”

Axl and his GUNS N’ ROSES bandmates played the final show of their “We’re F’N Back” run on October 4 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

“We’re F’N Back!” came on the heels of the “Not In This Lifetime” run that began in April 2016 and became the No. 3 highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard Boxscore.

As was the case with “Not In This Lifetime”, the latest GUNS N’ ROSES tour featured classic-lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.