AceShowbiz - Reese Witherspoon and her family are in mourning after "aggressive cancer" claimed the life of their beloved dog Pepper.
The "Legally Blonde" star took to Instagram on Tuesday (20Oct20) to share a series of snaps of the French bulldog as she announced her tragic passing.
"Our sweet Pepper passed away yesterday. My goodness, she was such a loyal and devoted family member," Reese wrote. "I am so heartbroken, but I am also deeply grateful for all the love and comfort she brought our family. Now she's in dog heaven where all great pets go. Chasing tennis balls, running through open fields of wild flowers and being the Queen that she is. That’s what I believe. We will always love you, Pepper."
Reese's 21-year-old daughter Ava also posted on Instagram as she revealed Pepper had been battling an "aggressive cancer."
"Today is a tough day. Our sweet girl, Pepper, passed away last night from an aggressive cancer, which she’d been battling for months now," she wrote. "Just when we thought she was getting better, things took a turn for the worst, and she passed peacefully, surrounded by those who love her. If you ever met Peps, you’d know she was such a special girl. She was smart, sassy, and loved cuddling. She enjoyed playing in the yard with our Labrador, Hank, and would make everyone laugh with her surprisingly speedy 'zoomies' around the house. She also had a unique way of expressing herself with funny little noises that sounded like they were from some sort of pigeon."
Ava continued to credit Pepper for helping her get through "so many tough times" and added that she will forever be grateful for their bond.
"As sad as I am and as much as I've cried over losing her, I am happy she had such a great life and is no longer in pain," she concluded. "Love you forever, miss Peps."