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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    paratweetFriday, November 27, 2015 at 7:24 am
    Oh no! Poor trouble! R.I.P will always be remberd
    • Doggy loverWednesday, November 25, 2015 at 8:20 pm
      Did the dog die?
      • mjWednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9:14 am
        wow. just wow. cute dog, but 12 million dollars? he sure was one spoiled dog.
        • cutieTuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:32 am
          so cute
          • rosalinaThursday, October 29, 2015 at 7:26 am
            • smiley43Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7:23 am
              SO CUTE!!!!
              • xxshadow
                xxshadowThursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:07 am
                Very strange, why wouldn't you accept the wish of your dog being burried by you thats what we do with my aunts dogs when they pass we burry them by her. R.I.P Trouble
                • peanut04
                  peanut04Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm
                  she left no money for her grandchildren!!!!!!!
                  • xxshadow
                    xxshadowThursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:08 am
                    Very strange if you ask me I wonder how did she treat her NORMAL children when they where kids what would she do with trouble or was trouble not around I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!
                  • moomoo cow Monday, October 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm
                    • izzy wizzyThursday, October 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm
                      but 12 million dollars, it would so be worth it

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