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Britain’s Got Talent judges pay tribute to former winner Pudsey

Amanda Holden and David Walliams posted lovely words. Warning: may cause small sobs

There are a lot of celebrities whose deaths we mourn on social media like they were friends of ours – but not all that many with four legs.

But when it was announced that BGT star Pudsey had died after a battle with acute leukemia last night, the tributes that followed showed just how much people adored him.

Owner and dance partner Ashleigh announced the sad news on Instagram, saying: “I can’t honestly believe I am writing these words. My handsome man has gone, and I don’t know what to do without him.

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“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.

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“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.

In performance – and max cuteness – mode (Credit: ITV)

“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”

And the news was quickly followed by posts from Amanda Holden and David Walliams, who worked with Pudsey on BGT.

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Amanda wrote: “My thoughts go out to Ashley and this little talented ‘human with fur’ RIPPudsey.”

Sure, Puds had celebrity pals but he didn’t brag about it (Credit: Twitter)

Wrong spelling of Ashleigh, Amanda, but we’ll let that go this once.

David added: “Farewell to a very special dog that the nation fell in love with. # Pudsey # BGT .”

Pudsey’s fellow BGT alumni George Sampson posted a picture of him with the dog alongside his own little tribute.

Ashleigh is going to continue performing with a new dog named Sully, who came from the same breeder as Pudsey.

Sully has got star form already, winning the small dogs agility round at Crufts – basically BGT with less Simon Cowell, we’re going to presume – earlier this year.

And Sully will even take Pudsey’s name so the Ashleigh and Pudsey act can carry on, joining Ashleigh in panto this year.

He’s got a lot to live up to though – Pudsey won Britain’s Got Talent with Ashleigh in 2012, released an autobiography and even had a movie made about him with Olivia bloody Coleman.

No pressure, Sully, no pressure.