Uggie the dog dies

The Artist star was 13

by Jennie Kermode

Uggie with co-star Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Uggie with co-star Jean Dujardin in The Artist

Uggie the dog, who won hearts around the world with his charismatic performance in The Artist, has died at the age of 13. The much loved Jack Russell terrier, who also appeared in Water For Elephants and in several television productions, had been ill for some time.

Winner of the 2011 Palme Dog a Cannes and, later, the inaugural Golden Collar Award, he received a special mention at the Prix Lumière Awards and had his pawprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Despite loving the attention he got on the red carpet, however, Uggie was said to be primarily motivated by sausages.

Uggie formally retired in 2012 after developing a dementia type illness but continued to make occasional appearances. Recently he developed a prostate tumor which led his family to decide that it was time for him to go. He is survived by owner Omar Von Muller and five canine companions.

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