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Uggie the dog, who warmed hearts worldwide in his starring role in the 2011 Oscar-winning film The Artist, has died, his owner and animal trainer Omar Von Muller confirmed on Facebook. Uggie was 13.
Von Muller wrote that the Jack Russell Terrier had “cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain.”
Uggie garnered global fame for starring as “The Dog” in writer-director Michel Hazanavicius‘ The Artist, which won five 2012 Academy Awards including best picture.
According to his IMDb biography, Uggie was saved from being sent to the pound by Von Muller.
He scored a Palm Dog award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for The Artist and also appeared in 2011’s Water for Elephants, starring Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz and Robert Pattinson. Uggie is the first dog to leave his paw prints on the cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
On Wednesday, Witherspoon paid tribute to her furry friend with an Instagram post: “RIP to my canine friend Uggie. I worked with him on Water for Elephants. What a special, sweet soul.”
Von Muller did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment. TMZ first reported on Uggie’s death, noting that he died on Friday.
A photo posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on
Aug. 12, 9:24 a.m. This story has been updated to reflect Uggie’s trainer confirming his death to the AP.
Aug. 12, 1:56 p.m. This story has been updated with Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram post.
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