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‘The Artist' Star Uggie The Dog Dies, Aged 13

12/08/2015 10:02 BST | Updated 12/08/2015 10:59 BST

Uggie the dog, who stole our hearts with his star turn in ‘The Artist’, has died, at the age of 13.

The Jack Russell’s owner Omar Von Mueller has shared his sadness with TMZ, telling the website that Uggie was put down, after battling a prostate illness.

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Uggie at 'The Artist' premiere

Sarah Clifford, who trained Uggie for ‘The Artist’ in 2011, which was shot in the style of a silent film, adds: “I will forever hold him dearly in my heart and never forget his infinite love for chicken and hotdogs."

While the Oscar-winning film was his most famous role, Uggie also starred in a number of other big projects, including Reese Witherspoon’s film ‘Water For Elephants’.

He wasn’t eligible for an Oscar, but Uggie scooped a special Palm Dog award for ‘The Artist’, at the Cannes Film Festival.

Uggie later became the first canine to have paw prints outside the Grauman’s Chinese theatre, on Hollywood Boulevard.

Watch a montage of Uggie's greatest bits from 'The Artist' below...

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