Giant George – the world’s tallest dog according to the Guinness World Records – died last week, one month before his 8th birthday.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died on Thursday, October 17, 2013,” his owners, David and Christine Nasser, posted on GiantGeorge.com.
“George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones … We appreciate the love and support you have given Giant George over the last several years.”
Giant George, 3 feet, 7 inches from paw to his shoulder and almost seven feet long, was known for his appearance on shows like Live with Regis & Kelly and Good Morning America.
The Great Dane, owned by David and Christine Nasser, was actually the runt of the litter, according to the website.
“Eager to play … this big Great Dane was scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and, most of all, scared of being alone,” the site said.
David and Christine Nasser donated a percentage of Giant George merchandise to animal charities and in 2011. They donated more than $500 to a Japanese animal shelter after the country was hit hard by both an earthquake and tsunami.
Family, friends and fans have all posted to George’s Facebook page with their condolences.
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