The “world’s cutest dog”, Boo, has died at the age of 12.

The Pomeranian Boo and his companion Buddy, who died last year, became internet sensations when owners started sharing pictures of their adorable antics. His death was confirmed in a post made by his owners to his 16 million Facebook followers.

His owners say he had shown signs of heart problems ever since his “best friend” – a dog called Buddy – died in 2017.

“We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us,” they wrote on his official Facebook page.

“Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us,” his owners wrote. “He hung on and gave us over a year. But it looks like it was his time, and I’m sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven.”Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort,” they added, noting that Boo “brought joy to people all over the world.”

Boo rose to prominence on social media in 2009. In 2011, his owner published the book Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog under a pseudonym. For years, countless articles on Boo would refer to him as the “world’s cutest dog.” At his death, Boo had more than 16 million Facebook followers and 550,000 Instagram followers.

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