Coco Austin's bulldog Spartacus died from complications following knee surgery

By Jen Juneau
November 29, 2016 11:25 AM
Credit: Coco Austin/Instagram

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.”

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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.

but worth every minute of it.”

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.