The Saddest Celebrity Pet Deaths

Miranda Lambert's pup, Cesar Millan's pack leader – they're gone, but not forgotten

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MIRANDA LAMBERT

MIRANDA LAMBERT
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Lambert and fiancé Blake Shelton said goodbye to rescue pup Steve in August, after he died suddenly in an accident. “Please send prayers to our family,” the singer Tweeted. “[Steve] is happy in heaven now.”

02 of 11

JORGE GARCIA

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Lost wasn’t the only thing the actor, well, lost this year: his dog Nunu passed away in May. “As we were preparing to all go to the airport Nunu was struck by a car as she crossed the street,” Garcia wrote on his blog. “She died in my arms.”

03 of 11

CESAR MILLAN

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Meredith Jenks

The Dog Whisperer lost his beloved pit bull and sometime costar Daddy in February, at the ripe old age of 16. But he didn’t mourn; instead, he honored the wise pup with 500 candles, and stayed “joyful” by thinking about their time together.

04 of 11

DREW BARRYMORE

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Before adopting new dog Douglas, Barrymore said goodbye to Flossie, a pooch who actually saved her from a house fire in 1998. “She had a good life,” the actress told David Letterman. “What more can you ask for, 16 years with your soulmate sidekick?”

05 of 11

KELLY OSBOURNE

KELLY OSBOURNE
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The same July week she split from fiancé Luke Worrall, the starlet came home to an even bigger shock: her Pomeranian Woody was dead. She’d only had her “baby boy” for a month, and a cause of death was never revealed.

06 of 11

KAT VON D

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Courtesy Kat Von D, inset: Fernando Lucena/Startraks

Not only did a fire destroy the tattoo artist’s home in November, but it took her cat’s life, as well. “R.I.P. My little Valentine,” Von D Tweeted, along with a photo of her hairless cat. “In order to gain everything, you must lose everything.”

07 of 11

ROSE MCGOWAN

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Summer brought sadness for the actress, who said goodbye to her cherished pooch. “My beloved lil’ girl Boston terrier, Bug McGowan, died yesterday,” McGowan Tweeted in June. “I am shattered. Don’t know life without her.”

08 of 11

GAYLE KING

GAYLE KING
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Six months after the passing of her cocker spaniel, Spencer, King was still torn about purchasing a new pup. “I’m not sure because it’s very painful, you know, when you’ve had a dog that long,” she told PEOPLEPets.com.

09 of 11

TIFFANI THIESSEN

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Though her cat died in June - on the same day the actress went into labor with daughter Harper - she found the experience to be quite peaceful. “It was … almost spiritual,” she told PEOPLE. “A cat that I had for 17 years … then knowing I was going in and giving birth to my daughter. It was interesting.”

10 of 11

JOHN TRAVOLTA

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Just 15 months after losing son Jett, Travolta and wife Kelly Preston suffered another blow in May when a service vehicle struck and killed their two dogs at an airport in Bangor, Maine.

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PRINCES WILLIAM & HARRY

PRINCES WILLIAM & HARRY
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The royal brothers knew something wasn’t right about pony Drizzle after a polo match in May, and their instincts proved correct: shortly after leaving the field, the four-legged athlete suffered a heart attack and died.

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