On Friday, I received an email letting me know that the world’s most famous African Grey, Alex, had passed away. For those of you who have read this blog for some amount of time, you probably realize that I was a huge fan of Irene Pepperberg’s work with Alex and even dedicated a weekly series (Friday Grey Matters) to her work. Irene was also kind enough to allow me to interview her and to give a talk at the University of Michigan’s Neuroscience Spring Symposia last May. She is truly a wonderful and extremely bright person, and I’m sure she is devastated. Alex was her companion and colleague for over 30 years.
Although an official press release won’t be issued until Monday, I was given the go-ahead to blog this. Donations in Alex’s memory can go to The Alex Foundation, which will help continue Dr. Pepperberg’s research. The press release should tell us more about the cause of death, which is currently unknown.