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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  • manWednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:30 am
    cute
    • leap411
      leap411Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:55 pm
      That dog is a spoiled brat!
      • jenny123125
        jenny123125Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm
        :(
        • savey sonoWednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:49 am
          I rember when I had a dog
          • hewans
            hewansThursday, September 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm
            it is sad that the dog lost it sight
            • tylerMonday, September 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm
              why would someone buy that
              • egThursday, September 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm
                i no how it felt my dog diyed when i was 4 an am 8 now . it was sad
                • doglover2079
                  doglover2079Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm
                  so sad
                  • dolphinlover002
                    dolphinlover002Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm
                    I know, and to such a cute dog.
                  • shaniya
                    shaniyaFriday, August 29, 2014 at 7:56 am
                    omg so cute
                    • taylorTuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9:48 am
                      omg so cute ibelive it

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