Paris Hilton's Dog Tinkerbell Dies

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Paris Hilton's beloved Chihuahua Tinkerbell has died.

She shared the news via Instagram on Tuesday. "My heart is broken. I am so sad & devastated," she wrote. "After 14 amazing years together my baby Tinkerbell has passed away of old age. I feel like I've lost a member of my family. She was such a special & incredible soul. We went through so much together. I can't believe she's gone. I will miss her & think about her for the rest of my life. I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten."

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The hotel heiress owns many pets, dogs in particular, but Tinkerbell was one of her favorites. In the early 2000s, Paris carried Tinkerbell to ritzy stores, fashion shows, and even on her reality show The Simple Life, helping to inspire the stereotype of L.A. ladies who carry around tiny dogs in handbags.

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Her pooch was so iconic that, a few years later when Paris started carrying around other dogs instead of little Tinkerbell, people wondered what had happened to Tink. Handbag designer James Piatt even created a $317 piece inspired by the "discarded pet." The speculation about the pooch's whereabouts was so strong that, in October, Hilton felt the need to reassure followers that her former sidekick was still going strong. "To everyone who keeps asking if Tinkerbell is alive, Here she is, the original queen herself!" she tweeted along with a photo of her furry friend.

Sadly, that's no longer true. R.I.P. Tinkerbell.