Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog has died, Ashleigh Butler announces

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Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog has sadly passed away.

The first ever animal act to win the show has died just months after being retired by trainer Ashleigh Butler.

Ashleigh and Pudsey won Britain's Got Talent back in 2012 and 2017 was the last year for the adorable pooch's time in the competitive spotlight.

Today, Ashleigh took to Instagram to reveal that Pudsey had tragically died.

"I can't honestly believe I am writing these words," she posted online. "My handsome man has gone, and I don't know what to do without him. My heart is broken, and I don't know how I'm going to get through this. It hurts so much, that my handsome, incredible Pudsey Bear will never be by my side, where he belongs, again.

Pudsey's last public appearance
Pudsey's last public appearance

"We only had 11 years together, but they were the best years ever. He was my one in a billion dog that will never be replaced. I don't need to write all of his endless accomplishments on here to prove how incredible he was for me.

"Sleep tight my handsome man, I love you lots xxxx"

Ashleigh's mum revealed in a Facebook post that Pudsey was put to sleep yesterday after being diagnosed with terminal blood cancer.

At the age of 11, Pudsey took part in his last ever competition at Crufts back in March, and things got rather emotional.

Following Pudsey's appearance, the commentator reflected: "This is it, Ashleigh's a little bit upset, but she shouldn't be upset, he's been an absolutely fantastic dog over the years and owes nobody nothing."

Speaking previous about her time with Pudsey on BGT, Ashleigh said: "If I could do it all over again I would. It takes over your life but it’s such an amazing experience. It goes so quickly. The whole semi-finals week was such good fun.

"All the contestants were really supportive of each other and I made some really good friends."

Speaking to STV, Ashleigh continued: "I never expected to win.

"It was such a surreal moment. It was lucky I had Pudsey so I could hide my face in his fur."

And quizzed on her top moment since winning, Ashleigh explained: "Everything we have done has been so incredible but probably the Royal Variety Performance.

"It was an amazing, perfect day, getting to perform alongside some of the biggest stars.

"I was really nervous but Pudsey literally just sleeps until ten minutes before when we wake him up, he goes on stage and dances and then comes off and goes back to sleep again. I have to be nervous for both of us."

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