Cecil was lured off the park then shot with an arrow by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer who paid $55k for the 'privilege.'
The hapless beast was tracked for two days and finished off with a rifle. Palmer then cut off the head and skinned the animal leaving the headless carcass to rot in the sun.
Cecil's demise threatens his pride full of cubs since a new lion may kill them in his absence. Two of Cecil's cubs were killed last week.