It wasn't tragic at all. Bebe the dolphin dies at the ripe old dolphin age of 40. Like most retirees, she dies in Miami, Florida. Bebe's home is the Miami Seaquarium where she is born in 1956 - Atlantic bottlenose dolphins typically live 25 to 35 years. The TV show "Flipper," aires on NBC from 1964 to 1967, with the dolphin playing alongside actors Brian Kelly, Tommy Norden and Luke Halpin. Seven dolphins play Flipper, Bebe is the last one. She passes away on May 1, 1997. A year before her death she gives birth to Echo, her eighth calf. RIP FLIP.