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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  • hewans
    hewans9/25/2014
    it is sad that the dog lost it sight
    • tyler9/22/2014
      why would someone buy that
      • 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

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