Brace yourselves, Paris Hilton fans: the heiress’ beloved dog Tinkerbell has died at the age of 14.
The chihuahua, who MTV called “the first true canine companion of reality television,” was once as famous as her blonde owner, attending numerous red carpets and appearing on the hit TV series, ‘The Simple Life’ and ‘SNL.’
Tinkerbell in a poster for ‘The Simple Life.’
“My heart is broken? I am so sad & devastated. ?,” Paris wrote on Instagram. “After 14 amazing years together my baby Tinkerbell has passed away of old age. ? I feel like I’ve lost a member of my family. She was such a special & incredible soul. We went through so much together. I can’t believe she’s gone. I will miss her & think about her for the rest of my life. I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten.”
The 34-year-old reportedly bought the pooch in 2002 after watching the movie ‘Legally Blonde,’ in which the main character carries around a chihuahua. And thanks to Tinkerbell’s permanent home in Paris’ purse, she helped launch the little dog trend in Hollywood.
Paris also thanked fans for their support. “Thank you all so much for your kind words & condolences,” she wrote. “It’s really helping me through this very sad & painful time. It feels good to know that Tinkerbell was loved by all & touched the lives of so many. She is truly missed.”
RIP Tinkerbell. You’ll always be our favorite accessory.