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'Legally Blonde' Chihuahua Moonie, Better Known As Bruiser, Dies, Aged 18

"I'm sure his tail is wagging in the sky."

12/03/2016 10:52 GMT

Reese Witherspoon has led the tributes to her former canine co-star, Moonie, who has died at the age of 18.

Moonie famously played Elle Woods’ chihuahua, Bruiser, in the hit comedy ‘Legally Blonde’ later returning for the sequel, ‘Red, White And Blonde’, where he took a more central role in the film’s plot, which centred around animal testing.

On Friday, Reese shared a photo on Instagram, showing herself in character with Moonie (with the two of them wearing matching outfits in the snap, of course), and paid tribute to her adorable co-star.

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Reese Witherspoon With Moonie, As They Appeared Together In 'Legally Blonde'

She wrote: “With a sad heart, I have to let all the ‘Legally Blonde’ fans know that Bruiser Woods (also known as Moonie) passed away yesterday.

“He was a sweet little chihuahua who was very loved. I will never forget all the days we spent together... I'm sure his tail is wagging in the sky.”

Before his appearance in ‘Legally Blonde’, Moonie had been a rescue dog, going on to become one of the most recognisable movie pooches of the 21st century.

He even appeared with Reese when she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2010, almost a decade after ‘Legally Blonde’ first hit cinemas.

Reese joked at the time: “My very, very famous co-star... I mean, he came all the way out of his kennel. He’s a very busy working dog and he managed to show up today.”

In addition to its sequel, ‘Legally Blonde’ also inspired a Broadway musical, which went on to run for three years on London’s West End.

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