SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (CBS News) — A New York high school senior whose rejected yearbook portrait went viral last year committed suicide this week, his parents told a local newspaper.

The Albany Times Union reported Saturday that Draven Rodriguez, 17, died Thursday at his home. Another local newspaper, The Daily Gazette, also reported Rodriguez’s death Saturday, citing authorities.

Rodriguez rose to Internet fame after posing with his cat, Mr. Bugglesworth, last September for a yearbook photo. Schenectady High School refused to let him use it but later compromised, according to CBS affiliate WRGB-TV in Albany.

Student Who Posed with Cat Commits Suicide