2012 Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog has passed away, ITV has confirmed.
Pudsey, a cross between a bichon friese, Chinese crested and border collie, was put down on Thursday after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 11, or 77 in dog years.
His owner, Ashleigh, who won the talent competition with the canine thanks to their Mission Impossible dance routine, described him as a “beautiful boy”, who changed her life.
“I had to make the hardest decision of my life to let my beautiful boy go to sleep at the age of 11,” she said. “From the minute he was born he brought nothing but joy to me, and as a winner of BGT millions of others who adored him too.
“No words can express just how much I will miss him. He changed my life and I have so many wonderful memories of our time together. He will always be in my heart.”
Tributes to the beloved pet have poured in across social media from colleagues and fans alike.
— David Walliams HQ (@davidwalliams) July 21, 2017
— George Sampson (@georgesampson) July 21, 2017
Highlight of my journalistic career was having the honour to meet Pudsey. RIP little man. pic.twitter.com/I0IxsJvjgg
— Karen Morrison (@karenmorrison1) July 21, 2017
Oh no!!! Sleep well Pudsey. You were always one of the goodest boys ❤️❤️????xx https://t.co/ZdnzCxrJaS
— Nicola Hume (@Nicola_Hume) July 21, 2017
May Pudsey rest in doggie heaven ❤️???? https://t.co/VekdN5Bjoo
— ITV (@ITV) July 21, 2017
Pudsey leaves behind an illustrious career in showbiz. After rising to prominence with his BGT win, he released a book entitled Pudsey: My Autobidography. In 2014, he scored the lead role in his own movie, Pudsey The Dog: The Movie.
Though he never quite broke America, he made his US TV debut on America’s Got Talent, and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.