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!,

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  • turtlenicole
    turtlenicoleSaturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:05 pm
    so so sad :(
    • sherlockcutepup
      sherlockcutepupThursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:31 pm
      Why the exclamation mark at the end? It sounds like they're happy. ',:(
      • lemonade11
        lemonade11Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm
        That is so sad. The woman who owned the dog should have given her 2 grand kids at least 20 bucks though.
        • ajg14
          ajg14Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:26 pm
          So sad 😢😢😢🐕
          • iifreeze
            iifreezeWednesday, November 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm
            • Nerdy CakeWednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1:56 pm
              That's just cruel
              • BliblerblabberSunday, November 6, 2016 at 7:05 am
                crying right now
                • PinkTuesday, November 1, 2016 at 11:00 am
                  So so so soooo sad.🙍🏾
                  • Belieber1614 Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm
                    Aww im almost crying right now!!
                    • mangle101
                      mangle101Monday, October 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm
                      That's sooo sad! I feel bad I agree with jaydanusbaum and foxloverkid. :(

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