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!

Resources:thefrisky.com, newdailynews.com

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  • eg9/18/2014
    i no how it felt my dog diyed when i was 4 an am 8 now . it was sad
    • doglover2079
      doglover20799/9/2014
      so sad
    • shaniya
      shaniya8/29/2014
      omg so cute
      • taylor8/19/2014
        omg so cute ibelive it
        • lexi_cat_33
          lexi_cat_336/27/2014
          R.I.P Trouble D: what a sad story.
          • dude6/24/2014
            love dogs, but its sad they took his money!
            • rich gal5/22/2014
              that dog would cost as much as me!
              • flame boy5/16/2014
                his dog are beutiful
                • Mikayla5/14/2014
                  Hmmm wouldn't it be better if she gave the money to a loved one and then have them take care of the dog?
                  • shelby 5/13/2014
                    I do think that lady had the right to give all her money to her one prized possession, Trouble, there is nothing wrong with it! I may not agree with everything that she did but still why would I protest against a millionaire. I thought this dog was adorable and spoiled and that is what makes it more cute

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