This is so heartbreaking!
On Tuesday, it was reported that Uggie the charming pooch from the Oscar winning film The Artist has passed away.
The Jack Russell was put to sleep on Friday August 7 following a battle with prostate cancer. The Water For Elephants star was owned by animal trainer Oscar Von Muller.
It appears the dog lover struggled with his decision to put down his furry bestie but ultimately made the decision when the pup began suffering from his prostate tumor.
Sarah Clifford, who helped train Uggie for his iconic role, stated:
“I will forever hold him dearly in my heart and never forget his infinite love for chicken and hotdogs.”
However, the beloved animal has been sick for sometime. Back in 2012, after donning an 18 carat gold and satin bowtie at the Academy Awards, Uggie retired from show business as he suffered from a mysterious neurological condition.
At the time, Von Mueller explained:
“It comes and goes. It is a shame this has happened when he is getting the biggest success of his career, but we feel the best thing to do is to retire him after the Oscars.”
In fact, before his retirement Uggie was the first dog to receive his paw prints set on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and won the prestigious Palm Dog Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
We’ll miss you old sport. Rest easy up in doggy heaven!
[Image via WENN.]