|This file photo taken on November 9, 2011 shows Australian zoologist Adam Britton (top L) measuring a captive crocodile nicknamed "Lolong" in Bunawan town, Agusan del Sur province, in the Philippines southern island of Mindanao. (AFP PHOTO/FILES/RICHARD GRANDE)
The world's largest captive saltwater crocodile -- which weighed nearly a tonne and was suspected of killing two people -- has died, its caretakers said.
Lolong died suddenly Sunday in its pond at an eo-tourism park in the southern Philippine town of Bunawan -- which was put on the map after the nearly six-metre-long crocodile was given the Guinness World Record title.
Despite Lolong's violent past, the reptile's death has the mayor and some of the residents worried as the huge crocodile attracted thousands of tourists each day, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
"The whole town, in fact the whole province, is mourning. My phones kept ringing because people wanted to say how affected they are," said Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde, the Associated Press quoted him as saying.
The town plans to hold a funeral for the beloved 60-something-year-old crocodile. The official cause of death has not been determined.
Lolong was captured in September 2011 after it was believed to have killed two people -- including a 12-year-old girl and a fisherman.