August 13, 2009 02:56 PM

Gibson, the world’s tallest dog according to Guinness World Records, died in the “loving arms” of his owner on Aug. 7 in Sacramento, Calif., according to the dog’s Web site. The 7-year-old pooch, who was suffering from cancer in recent months, measured in at 42.2 in.-tall when the Guinness World Records gave the canine the title in 2004.

In April, the harlequin great dane was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of canine bone cancer. Soon after, the dog had to have his right front leg amputated and went through chemotherapy treatments.

Sadly, just last week Gibson’s owner Sandy Hall found out that the cancer had spread. “Gibson began having trouble using his back legs. X-rays showed that the cancer had spread to his spine and his lungs,” Dr. Peter Walsh, Gibson’s veterinarian, said in a statement. “Ms. Hall made the very difficult decision based on her concern and love for Gibson to have him humanely euthanized. Gibson died peacefully in the loving arms of Ms. Hall.”

Hall will continue raise canine cancer awareness through the organization she launched during Gibson’s cancer battle, Three Paws for the Cause. And Gibson’s son, Brewster, remains a loving memory of her giant canine friend.

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