Bruley, the French Bulldog from 'Queer Eye,' Has Died at Age 10

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Bruley, the French bulldog who appeared on the Netflix hit "Queer Eye" has died at the age of 10, his owner announced on Instagram Thursday. The dog was filmed hanging out with the Fab Five in their Kansas City loft on the third and fourth seasons of the show and quickly became a fan favorite.

The pup's owner Michelle Silva, a producer on the show, said on Instagram that the dog had been "suffering from heart problems" and she knew a heart attack was a possibility.

"He just had too much love and heart for his physical body," she wrote in an emotional post Thursday on the dog's page. "It all happened so fast, but I held him as he took his last breath, and I was able to tell him I loved him the very most."

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My whole heart. My love bug. My best friend. My constant. My soul mate. My everything. I brought him home when he was 9 weeks old on a rainy day in New York City. Ten years later on a rainy day in LA, he passed away in my arms on my bedroom floor. Bru had been suffering from heart problems, and an instant heart attack was a possibility. He just had too much love and heart for his physical body. It all happened so fast, but I held him as he took his last breath, and I was able to tell him I loved him the very most. I told him everyday I loved him more than anything in the world, and I reminded him of that over and over as he slipped out of this life. My best friend and boyfriend held us both. He gave me more than I could have ever given him, and I was able to thank him for allowing me to be his mom. He chose me. We got to experience so much together; he loved traveling on planes and looking out the window! He was the ultimate copilot in the car when he wasn’t dangerously sprawled out across my lap as I drove. He was so very loved by my family and friends and even “non dog people.” He mastered the “jump kiss,” and I always had to explain to people that he wouldn’t buy you dinner first, he just went in for the full make-out. In the last year of his life, he found fame! Over the course of 16 episodes of @queereye, in just a few moments on screen, you guys all got a glimpse of the Bru I knew and loved. He was hilarious, stubborn, sometimes inappropriate, and always a sucker for a snack. He was pure love. It’s been so fun capturing his spirit and sharing more with you all here. I’ve taken a few days to process and grieve and figure out what’s next. I’ve realized, I don’t want to stop sharing the best of Bru. I also want to show you a little of what it was like the last few months dealing with an ailing dog in heart failure as more and more dogs are being diagnosed with the same issues. I was so close to completing Bru’s website with long-awaited merch. I’ll get there in time. I’ve also been exploring non-profit opportunities and getting involved in bulldog rescue. There is so much Bru inspired, and it’s so much bigger than I even realized. (Cont. below)

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Silva posted an image of Bruley, in which she appeared to be crying while holding the pup. "My whole heart. My love bug. My best friend. My constant. My soul mate. My everything," wrote the producer. "I brought him home when he was 9 weeks old on a rainy day in New York City. Ten years later on a rainy day in LA, he passed away in my arms on my bedroom floor."

She also included some sweet anecdotes about the pup, who she said appeared in 16 episodes of "Queer Eye" during the last year of his life. Silva said he enjoyed traveling on planes, mastered the "jump kiss" and was beloved by everyone, including "non dog people."

The official "Queer Eye" Instagram posted a gallery with images of the photogenic pup posing with the cast of the reality show while they appeared to be filming. 

"RIP to our dear bru bru! Each time we returned to our loft in Kansas City you were always there to greet us and that brought us so much joy," wrote the show on Instagram. "We hope you have an endless supply of treats to munch on."

The French bulldog didn't appear on the show until its third season, but quickly became a hit — racking up 293,000 followers on Instagram. Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness first introduced the dog to viewers in the first episode of the third season, dubbing him their "team mascot."

-First published on October 3rd, 2019 by CBS News.

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