Boo the Pomeranian has died.
The dog that won the internet with his cute looks, amassing over 16 million followers online, passed away on Friday (January 18).
"Dearest friends of Boo, With deepest sadness I wanted to share that Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning and has left us to join his best friend, Buddy," Boo's owners announced on Facebook. "Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort. We know that Buddy was the first to greet him on the other side of that rainbow bridge, and this is likely the most excited either of them have been in a long time," the family wrote, referencing their other late pet Buddy.
According to their Facebook post, the 12-year-old pup, who released his own book, "Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog," in 2011, suffered from heart issues. "Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us," read the statement. "He hung on and gave us over a year. But it looks like it was his time, and I’m sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven."
"Since starting Boo’s FB page, I’ve received so many notes over the years from people sharing stories of how Boo brightened their days and helped bring a little light to their lives during difficult times. And that was really the purpose of all this...Boo brought joy to people all over the world," the statement continued. "Boo is the happiest dog I’ve ever met. He was so easy going that we never had to bother with training. He made the manliest of men squeal with delight over his cuteness and made everyone laugh with his quirky, tail wagging personality."
Boo's family concluded their goodbye message, saying, "Boo, we love you with all our hearts and will miss you until the day we meet again. Have fun running around with Buddy and creating adorable mischief wherever you guys go."