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Death of The Artist movie star Uggie, the Jack Russell

By AP Reporters

Published 13/08/2015

Uggie, star of The Artist
Uggie, star of The Artist

Uggie, the Jack Russell rescue dog who became a Hollywood star for his scene-stealing role in the Oscar-winning movie The Artist, has died.

Uggie was put to sleep after a bout with prostate cancer, his owner, Los Angeles animal trainer Omar Von Muller, said. The dog was 13.

"He was a real friend. He was very special," said Mr Von Muller, who plans to bury the dog in his back yard.

In The Artist, Uggie played the canine companion to Jean Dujardin's fading silent-film star. The movie won Academy Awards for best picture, lead actor and director in 2011.

Uggie's other credits included the movies Water For Elephants and Mr Fix It.

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