Trouble - The 12-Million Dollar Dog Is No More!

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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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  • meganplaysfanio
    meganplaysfanioTuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:25 am
    Omg! That is so sad.R.I.P. trouble I hope you are in a better place than anything you could ever imagine. Wow 20 threats!
    • erza_scarlet_ft
      erza_scarlet_ftTuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:41 pm
      SOOO SAD!!!
      • 161327
        161327Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:22 am
        SO SAD
        • king123omg
          king123omgSunday, December 27, 2020 at 6:12 pm
          My dog can't see or hear
          • unipug2
            unipug2Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 5:52 pm
            The Queen of Mean is really selfish.
            • adonikus
              adonikusSaturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:48 pm
              Oh man that is heartbreaking 💔
              • therealsnakes
                therealsnakesThursday, December 24, 2020 at 7:43 pm
                Sad just sad 😭
                • thepenguingirl
                  thepenguingirlThursday, December 24, 2020 at 7:42 pm
                  My dog is losing eyesight too I really feel bad for my dog he is having trouble going to his cage or bed and I also feel bad for trouble he is just so cute like my dog 🐕
                  • therealsnakes
                    therealsnakesThursday, December 24, 2020 at 7:36 pm
                    So so sad 😢😢
                    • squirrelflight
                      squirrelflightSaturday, September 19, 2020 at 9:40 am
                      Wow, she must really care about her dog! 12 million dollars is a LOT!