09:31 PM EDT 12/03/2013
Originally posted 12/02/2013 07:55AM
A New Jersey canine who was crowned the world's ugliest dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children's book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8.
His owner, Karen Quigley, says the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly Thanksgiving morning. The Sewell resident said Elwood had been dealing with some heath issues in recent months but appeared to be doing well.
Elwood was dark colored and hairless – save for a puff of white fur resembling a mohawk on his head. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda or E.T. because of his resemblance to those famous science-fiction characters.
Originally posted 11/15/2013 06:00PM
Less than a month after what was certainly one of the best days of Kelly Clarkson's life, the newlywed experienced what was sure to be one of her worst.
"My best friend died yesterday," the singer, 31, announced on Twitter Friday of her adopted dog's passing, saying, "Joplin was special. He fought his whole life to survive & now he can rest. I loved him."
Originally posted 10/24/2013 03:15PM
Giant George, formerly the world's tallest dog, passed away last Thursday.
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died last night. George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones; one month before his eighth birthday," his owners David and Christine Nasser announced on Facebook.
Measuring 3 ft., 7 in. from paw to shoulder, Guinness World Records crowned the Great Dane the Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever back in 2010. Even though he weighed in at nearly 250 lbs., "He's just the sweetest, kindest dog, and he doesn't realize what all the hoopla is about," Guinness spokesperson Jamie Panas told PEOPLE at the time. "I was completely awestruck."
Originally posted 09/26/2013 03:00PM
For the past week, all eyes have been on Miley Cyrus as she faces the spotlight in the wake of her split from ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth. Inquisitive fans are searching for clues as to what went wrong – especially in the star's music.
But in a new interview with Rolling Stone, the singer admits that a moment in her controversial video for "Wrecking Ball," in which she appears completely nude, came about not because of her relationship with Hemsworth, but because of her pets.
"That was real," Cyrus tells the interviewer of the close-up in which she sheds a tear. "My dog just passed away."
Originally posted 04/26/2013 11:35AM
In what almost seems like a scene out of Fatal Attraction, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recounted how an ex-girlfriend boiled and ate one his pet pigeons.
Speaking Thursday on the WFAN's Boomer & Carton show, Tyson, who lives near Las Vegas and has raised pigeons since before his boxing career, said he was aghast by what went down.
"I was dating this young lady and she said, 'I don't know why you're flying those damn birds, you should be eating them,' " Tyson, 46, told the hosts. "She happened to grab one – and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn't do it."
Originally posted 03/28/2013 12:40PM
It's a sad day for Frances Bean Cobain, who announced on Twitter Thursday that her French bulldog, Uncle Fester, had died.
"I am beyond devastated," she wrote. "I will miss his giant head and alien/gremlin personality & his big dumb dopey grin."
Explaining that the pup passed away during surgery while under anesthesia, Cobain, 20, continued, "Essentially he died in his sleep, which is all I could've asked for. I am greatful his suffering has ended & that he is somewhere peacful without pain."
Originally posted 03/01/2013 03:25PM
Two weeks after the conclusion of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a new controversy surrounds the storied competition: the death of Samoyed Cruz.
Only days after he strutted his stuff at Madison Square Garden, the white-haired furball passed away from symptoms that bear resemblance to ingesting rat or mouse poison, says the veterinarian who treated him. Cruz began coughing up blood on Feb. 16, and just a few hours after being hooked up to an intravenous drip and receiving oxygen, he was dead.
Though there is no evidence to support that he was poisoned intentionally, his handler, Robert Chaffin, and one of his owners, Lynette Blue, are not ready to rule out the possibility.
Originally posted 12/11/2012 05:30PM
Tuesday proved a sad day for Miley Cyrus, who announced on Twitter that her dog Lila had passed away.
"For everyone asking ... I have never been so hurt in my life," she wrote Tuesday. "My heart has never been so broken..... Lila my sweet baby girl has passed away."
Although the recently engaged Cyrus, 20, didn't elaborate on her cause of death, the Yorkie was hospitalized in October for unknown causes.
Originally posted 11/30/2012 09:00AM
Chris Colfer is mourning the loss of his dearly departed pet, golden retriever Jake, who passed away Wednesday.
"I had him for ten years," the actor tells PEOPLE. "I had him since I was 12."
Thankfully, the Glee star got to spend some quality time with his best furry friend over the summer, when he and his family rented a house in Pismo Beach, Calif.
Originally posted 11/20/2012 07:25PM
Fiona Apple's fans will have to wait, because she has matters of life and death to attend to at home.
The singer has canceled the South American leg of her current tour to care for her dying dog, an almost 14-year-old pit bull named Janet.
The announcement came in the form of a handwritten letter that had been scanned and posted to Apple's Facebook page and official website.
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