Trouble - The 12-Million Dollar Dog Is No More!

By Meera Dolasia on June 10, 2011

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In 2007, an eight-year old Maltese dog named Trouble made headlines all over the world, after it was revealed that its owner, New York billionaire Leona Helmsley, had bequeathed him a whopping $12mm USD.

What made the situation even worse is that the heiress, nicknamed Queen of Mean, had not left a single penny for two of her grandchildren, and much less than $12mm USD for two others.

Ms. Helmsley's reasoning behind the rather excessive amount was that she wanted Trouble to continue living the life of luxury he had been accustomed to, when she had been alive. His numerous indulgences included a 28-room mansion, a personal chef to cook his meals and a person to hand feed him, so that every now and again, he could nip off a finger or two.

While a New York judge reduced the inheritance to $2mm USD, some members of Ms. Helmsley's family were so upset, that the pooch allegedly received over 20 death and kidnapping threats, forcing his caretaker, Carl Lekic, to retain a full-time bodyguard.

On Thursday, June 9th, Mr. Lekic revealed that Trouble had passed away in his retirement home in Florida. The now 12-year-old (84 in dog years) had lost his eyesight and suffered numerous other health issues in his final year.

While Ms. Helmsley had hoped to re-unite with her beloved dog by requesting that he be buried next to her, the cemetery where she lays, refused to allow that - Instead, the Maltese was cremated, though there is no word on where his ashes were scattered. Hopefully, Trouble will be able to seek out his beloved mistress in his after life.

As for the money left over from his $2mm USD inheritance? It will just be added to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and used for a good cause.

R.I.P. Trouble!,

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  • beebaSaturday, January 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm
    so cute
    • bellapie16
      bellapie16Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 8:47 am
      that is so sad that the dog died
      • boyTuesday, January 26, 2016 at 8:50 am
        I like that dog i like all dog.
        • dog funTuesday, January 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm
          they should not sell give it to the spca
          • violetpotter199
            violetpotter199Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm
            Sad, but he kinda deserved it.
            • everafterhigh
              everafterhighWednesday, December 16, 2015 at 1:17 pm
              He SO deserves it! What a SPOILED dog!!
              • buddy_puppy
                buddy_puppySaturday, January 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm
                I think no one deserves to be treated that way, I don't care how spoiled they are, because everything should be treated with kindness no matter what! I think he SO does not deserves that!
                • at98462
                  at98462Monday, February 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm
                  Everything? Are you sure?
              • zil123
                zil123Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 9:15 am
                aww so sad
                • Doggirl57Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6:56 pm
                  Poor dog so cute r.i.p. trouble
                  • doggirl57
                    doggirl57Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm
                    More spoiled than my grandma's dog. She gets an egg every morning.
                    • aaliyahc123
                      aaliyahc123Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11:48 am
                      what happend to the dog?
                      • doggirl57
                        doggirl57Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm
                        He died. Poor pup.

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