Video: Lonesome George dies Lonesome George, the famed Galapagos tortoise that became a symbol of the islands and their unique ecosystem, has died. June 26 2012 at 12:54pm Related Stories Comment Guidelines Please read our comment guidelines. Login and register, if you haven’ t already. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As) Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.