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Coco Austin Postpones Daughter’s Birthday After Dog’s Death: ‘I’ve Been Mourning’ and ‘Needed to Honor’ Spartacus

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Coco Austin and husband Ice T have a lot to celebrate as their daughter Chanel Nicole turned a year old on Monday.

But the festivities are going to have to wait until the family can give Chanel’s big day the attention it deserves — after they mourn the death of their bulldog Spartacus.

“Cuz I’ve been mourning over Spartacus I put Chanel’s Birthday on hold (which was today) I feel I need 2 honor Sparty before a celebration,” she tweeted Monday night.

On Tuesday, Austin took to Instagram to share a sweet throwback snap of Mom and daughter the day Chanel was born.

“One year ago yesterday I got the best gift in the world @babychanelnicole Happy Birthday baby girl!” Austin, 37, wrote. “The love I have for her no words can explain. This is the moment I met her for the 1st time right out of the womb.”

Yep!!! I turned 1 years old Nov 28th!!! I'm a big girl now🎂

A photo posted by ChanelNicole (@babychanelnicole) on

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On Chanel’s own dedicated Instagram account, a photo of Austin, Spartacus and a sleeping Chanel was posted, along with a touching caption.

“I lost my big brother, Spartacus, today after knee surgery. He was a cuddler and a lover,” the sweet message reads. “I had a short time with him here on earth] but worth every minute of it.”

Just hanging on the set with my big brothers (@spartandmax)on #nationaldogday !! Headband- @adrianascreations

A photo posted by ChanelNicole (@babychanelnicole) on

Both Austin and Ice T, 58, took to Instagram to share loving messages about their pup, who died at the age of 6 after complications following knee surgery.

“He was my 1st baby with Ice. There’ll never be another dog like him,” Austin captioned a photo of Spartacus mugging for the camera. “Everybody that knew him thought he was very human like and so lovable.. His full name was Spartacus The Supermodel.”

The couple’s second bulldog, Max, will continue to share photos on the pups’ joint dedicated Instagram account, @spartandmax.