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Famous Bessemer Chicken Dies at 16

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BESSEMER, Ala.--  The world's oldest chicken, who once appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, died Saturday evening in Bessemer.

Matilda, said to be 16, was featured in a magic act called Mort the Mystifying and Donna. She belonged to Keith and Donna Barton of Bessemer.  Mrs. Barton says,"Matilda brought a lot of joy to a lot of people."

Matilda retired in October but her longtime co-star, Lucky the rabbit, continues to appear in the magic act.

Donna Barton said they are no plans going to replace the chicken any time soon.  Matilda was recognized by Guinness World Records in April 2004 and appeared on "The Tonight Show" the following September.

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society gave her the Olivia Bearden Award last fall "for service to man and animal."

Associated Press contributed to this report

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