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Uggie, canine star of 'The Artist,' dies at age 13

He was the Hollywood star who stole our hearts without ever speaking a word.
/ Source: TODAY

Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who co-starred in 2011's Oscar-winning film "The Artist" and "Water for Elephants" was euthanized on Aug. 7 after battling a prostate tumor. He was 13.

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Uggie in 2012.Matt Sayles / AP

The spunky little dog was saved from the pound by animal trainer Omar von Muller, and was the first dog to leave his prints outside the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

In 2012, Uggie released his memoir, "Uggie: My Story," and even appeared on TODAY. But he retired that year after being diagnosed with what Von Muller said was "a mysterious shaking syndrome."

Uggie the dog in The Artist
Uggie with Jean Dujardin in "The Artist."Courtesy Everett Collection

Von Muller confirmed Uggie's death with a post and multiple photos on his Facebook page:

Sarah Clifford, Von Muller's co-trainer who prepared Uggie for his "Artist" turn, told TMZ that he was "a perfect little terrier," and added, "I will forever hold him dearly in my heart and never forget his infinite love for chicken and hot dogs."

Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academ
Uggie, at the ceremony where he was honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images

There are an infinite number of both in dog heaven, we're sure. Rest in peace, Uggie!

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