Local Student Famous For Laser Cat Year Book Photo Takes Own Life


A bit of sad news to report. Draven Rodriguez, the Schenectady High School Student famous for his laser cat photo shoot as taken his own life. He was 17. 

Vincent Giordano

Vincent Giordano

I first learned about Draven after seeing a local news story on him. He was a great kid. I immediately felt a connection with him because I also love my cat. I started to follow him on instagram and other social media after he reached out to me thanking me for writing an article about him.

He seemed like a really happy guy. Posting pics of him and his cat, him playing guitar, hanging out with friends. It seemed that things were going pretty well for him. But, unfortunately, sometimes what’s really going on inside isn’t clear.

The Schenectady Gazette reported it this morning that he was discovered in his home. His death the cause of a suicide.

So RIP, Draven. Thanks for making the world smile with you and your cat, Mr. Bigglesworth.

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About BJ Ragone

Just a man with a computer, smartphone and a ridiculous amount of pop culture knowledge.

Posted on February 21, 2015, in Local Stuff and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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