Uggie was euthanized at the age of 12 on August 7, 2015 after developing a prostate tumour, reports USA Today.
Jean Dujardin paid tribute to Uggie the dog on Wednesday.
“Affectionate thoughts for my exceptional partner. Rest In Peace. Uggie … ” wrote the French actor, who took home both an Oscar and Cannes’ Best Actor award for his role alongside the pup as George Valentin in 2011’s The Artist.
his owner Omar von Muller confirmed on Facebook along with 39 photos of Uggie:
We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie’s fans that our beloved boy has passed away. We were not planning on posting anything until we healed a little more but unfortunately somebody leaked it to TMZ and they will be announcing it. In short, Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain. Thank you for your support, I will not be reading any comments for a while as it is too painful at the moment.
His memoir Uggie, My Story was published in the United States, UK and France in October 2012.
The campaign “Consider Uggie” was launched in December 2011 on Facebook by S.T. VanAirsdale, an editor at Movieline, for Uggie to receive a real or honorary Oscar nomination. BAFTA announced that he would be ineligible for one of its awards, while he received a special mention at the Prix Lumière Awards in France. He won the Palm Dog Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
On February 13, 2012, Uggie was named Best Dog in a Theatrical Film at the first Golden Collar Awards, awarded by Dog News Daily.
The awards were only launched a couple of months prior, due to the attention Uggie was getting for his performance in The Artist.
On June 25, 2012, he became the first dog ever to have his paws imprinted in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame