Chad Atkins, the co-founder of a notable animal rescue group in Los Angeles, California died suddenly from “heart failure” while at home, according to TMZ. He was 44.
“Today our hearts are incredibly heavy and we are at a complete loss for words,” the organization announced on Sunday.
“Paw Works and the world has lost a truly incredible person who devoted his entire existence to saving animals. In the process, he managed to save many humans with his compassion, sassy wit, smile and unconditional devotion.”
The organization confirmed that Atkins died from “heart failure.”
“As a part of our Paw Works family, we are saddened to let you know of the passing of Chad Atkins, the cofounder and heart of PawWorks. He passed unexpectedly from heart failure at home and is survived by his son, Sebastian, and his husband, Bryan Diaz.”
Atkin’s partner, Bryan Diaz, also released a statement following his death.
“Not something I ever wanted to see but my handsome man did good work. I can’t imagine being more proud about someone’s accomplishments than his,” said Diaz.
“Chad made me a better man, father and human. He encouraged me to take chances, even when I was too scared to try. The traveling around the world, eating different foods..all him. When it came to our home, he made it just that – a home. With his awesome sense of style – a little Boujee and a little country. I can’t say enough about this man. He was our rock, our hero, our inspiration. I can’t say goodbye and I don’t want to but I know I must. He will forever stay in my heart, my soul, and my mind. I will kiss him in my dreams.”
Paw Works will be opening a low-cost spay and neuter clinic at their new rescue location.