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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  • gnd123Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:00 am
    he is so cute
    • Miguel V.Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:27 am
      the sad part was when he died.
      • analise
        analiseThursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm
        hehehe thats hilarious that a judge reduced the amount against the ladys will, and the dog couldnt fight back! Poor dog!
        • peacheslarue
          peacheslarueWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm
          awwww
          • DianaMonday, December 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm
            R.I.P Trouble your never forgotten and your so cute
            • elisabeth82
              elisabeth82Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm
              Why would they not let the dog be berried next to its owner that is so darn sad
              • VENISEMonday, November 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm
                THE DOG WAS SO CUTE
                • Dog loverMonday, November 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm
                  that dog is really cute it costs a few million dollars how is that possible I would not buy it. it makes trouble like me!!!!!!
                  • Dog loverMonday, November 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm
                    omg it is so cute
                    • neonblaze101
                      neonblaze101Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 9:14 am
                      that dog is WAY too spoiled!

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