Paris Hilton’s companion Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, died at the age of 14 (that’s 98 in dog years)

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April 22, 2015 03:20 AM

Paris Hilton’s most constant companion has passed away.

On Tuesday, Hilton, 34, posted a picture of her and her beloved Chihuahua Tinkerbell on Instagram along with the news that the dog had died.

“My heart is broken,” she began the emoji-laden eulogy. “I am so sad & devastated. After 14 amazing years together my baby Tinkerbell has passed away of old age.”

Tinkerbell was 98 in dog years.

“I will miss her & think about her for the rest of my life,” Hilton wrote. “I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten.”

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Tinkerbell accompanied Hilton through her rise to fame, but the dog’s life was not always easy. In August 2004, Tinkerbell vanished for a week, and Hilton offered a $5,000 reward for her safe return. Ultimately, Tinkerbell reappeared without any explanation from Hilton. That same year, Tinkerbell was also the subject of a satirical book, Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries: My Life Tailing Paris Hilton.

In 2008, a Telegraph article cited Hilton and Tinkerbell, who often rode in Hilton’s purse, as having helped launch a trend for “handbag dogs.”

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