Showbiz dog Uggie - who won fame in the Oscar-winning film "The Artist" - has died at age 13.

The Jack Russell terrier suffered health woes from a prostate tumor and died in Los Angeles last week, according to his owner and trainer Omar Von Muller.

"We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie's fans that our beloved boy has passed away," Von Muller posted on Facebook. "Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain. Thank you for your support, I will not be reading any comments for a while as it is too painful at the moment."

Uggie was featured in the 2011 silent film "The Artist" opposite French actor Jean Dujardin. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture. A campaign was organized to have Uggie nominated for a statue, but the effort was unsuccessful. A red carpet fixture and media magnet, Uggie went on to enjoy more appearances on the big screen, including roles in "Water for Elephants" and the "Campaign."

In 2012 he became the first dog to have his prints cemented outside TCL Chinese Theatre (also known by its former name Grauman's Chinese Theatre) in Hollywood. He retired that same year.

The Artist

"A breath of fresh vintage air"
PG-131 hr 40 minOct 14th, 2011
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