8 Celebrity pet Deaths that shook the world
8 Celebrity Pet Deaths that Highlight the Beauty and Love that Animals Bring to Their Owners’ Lives
The old saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend,” reflects the inseparable bond that is often forged between pets (whether they happen to be dogs or not) and their humans. That is why their deaths can cause deep grief for owners. Healing Pet Loss recognizes how painful this grieving can be and offers a free ebook for owners who are mourning the loss of their pet around the holidays.
The special place pets hold in the hearts of their owners becomes even clearer when the deaths of celebrity pets become public. Throughout the years many celebrities have lost their animals. The public manner in which these deaths are mourned reveals the need that everybody has, celebrity or not, to remember their deceased pet.
Jessica Simpson’s dog, Daisy, became the focus of a public campaign after being stolen by a coyote.
Jessica Simpson and her maltipoo dog, Daisy, were inseparable. In September 2009, however, tragedy struck when a coyote entered her backyard and carried Daisy off. While not the only celebrity to have a dog snatched by a coyote, Simpson made news, in part because she launched a public search and offered a reward for the dog. Simpson marked the first anniversary of her dog’s death, and even seven years later, fans such as Car (in a tweet) remember Daisy.
Cesar Milan’s dog, Daddy, was remembered by the lighting of 500 candles and a tribute from his beloved owner.
Known as the “Dog Whisperer,” Cesar Milan has built a reputation for being able to train even the most unmanageable dogs. It is only natural, then, that he should have had his own four legged best friend. An American pit bull, Daddy sometimes co-starred with Milan on his show, The Dog Whisperer. In 2010, however, at the age of 16, Daddy succumbed to old age. Milan lit 500 candles to honor his dog and devoted a section of his web page to a 4-year memorial for his friend. Many people have mourned with Cesar and shared tributes to Daddy the dog. Author, Kim Teresa Oshiro reflected the feelings of many when she referred to Daddy as “a great example of a pit bull” in a Twitter conversation.
Martha Stewart lost her dog, Genghis Khan, to a freak accident at a kennel.
In December of 2008, Martha Stewart announced on her blog that she was adopting a 7-week-old chow chow puppy named Genghis Khan. However, the puppy made the news again in March of 2009 for far more tragic reasons. He was killed when a propane tank exploded next to the kennel where he was staying in Pennsylvania. He, along with 16 other dogs, perished in the blaze. Stewart later adopted another chow chow puppy named Genghis Khan.
George Clooney’s best pet friend was a pig named Max, who lived with Clooney for more than 18 years.
Pets don’t have to be dogs to win the hearts of their owners. Just ask George Clooney. The famous actor’s best friend was a pot bellied pig named Max. Despite weighing 300 pounds, Max lived with Clooney, sometimes slept with him and was dubbed “my star” by Clooney. A set of legendary stories built up about the large place that Max held in Clooney’s life. In December of 2006, however, the pig died from old age. Clooney was quoted as saying that he was ‘as old a pig as the vets had ever seen.”
Kelly Clarkson’s labradoodle, Joplin, earned the title of “best friend” from Kelly Clarkson upon his death from cancer.
Kelly Clarkson, a well-known singer and the 2002 winner of American Idol, made the news multiple times in 2013. While most of this news was happy (such as announcements of her marriage), one piece of news was sad: the death of her labradoodle, Joplin. Clarkson honored the curly-haired black dog by calling him her “best friend,” and “soulmate.”
Twilight’s Ashley Greene lost her dog, Marlo, in a tragic apartment fire.
In March of 2013, Twilight star Ashley Greene was spending time with family when a fire broke out in her condominium. Within a half an hour, the flames had claimed the life of her fox terrier, Marlo. The tragedy struck Greene deeply and also left a mark on her fans. Twitter handle imke posted a photo of Marlo in remembrance of Ashley’s beloved pet, and others left condolences and remembrances on social media.
The cute dog of Ashley Greene, Marlo. ♡ pic.twitter.com/UQiCKPPD5E— imke (@beaconhiIs) November 3, 2013
Gisele Bundchen memorializes her dog, Vida, and the friendship the dog provided.
When Gisele Bundchen’s dog, Vida, died at the ripe old age of 13, Bundchen referred to the Yorkie as her “best friend.” Bundchen had adopted the dog in the 90’s, taken her on her honeymoon when she married Tom Brady and kept the dog as a constant companion over the years. Bundchen memorialized her dog on World Animal Day in 2012, by referring to her as her “best friend” and stating that no one should “take for granted the unconditional love that our animals show us every single day.”
Serena Williams said goodbye to her childhood dog friend of 16 years and posted a tribute honoring the love and happiness the dog brought to her life.
In 1999, a 17-year-old Serena Williams adopted a dog she named Jackie. For 16 years they were almost inseparable, with Jackie accompanying Serena to her tennis matches. In November of 2015, however, the dog passed away due to old age. Serena honored Jackie by describing the dog as having brought “kindness” and “joy” to her life and posted a tribute to the dog on social media.