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Tuesday 10th December 2019

Gary Lineker 'profoundly saddened' as beloved pet dog dies

The pooch passed away on Tuesday

Former footballer Gary Lineker has shared a heartbreaking tribute to his beloved pet dog, who passed away this week.

The BBC pundit, 58, took to social media to share a snap of Labrador Snoop and told fans he was "profoundly saddened" to lose his "friend" and "companion".

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On Instagram, Gary wrote: "Profoundly saddened to tell you that our beloved dog, Snoop, passed away last night. He was my friend, my companion, my boy.

"Whether I left the house for two weeks, two days or two minutes he would greet me with equal measure of enthusiasm and love. I'll miss him greatly. RIP Snoop."

Fans of the former Spurs striker rushed to the comments to offer their condolences.

He was my friend, my companion, my boy.

One said: "Oh bless. Sorry to hear the sad news."

Another wrote: "Sorry for your loss #RIPSnoop."

Someone else commented: "My deepest condolences. I've been there many times before. I feel your pain. Best wishes at this very sad time."

Gary's posted about Snoop on his social media platforms in the past.

Last year, he posted a pic of Snoop and told fans the pooch had just turned 10 years old.

And while he had managed to reach the equivalent of 66 in dog years, he was still a "pup at heart".

Gary captioned the photo, posted in September 2018: "He's 10 years old today is Snoop, but still a pup at heart. #happybirthday."

Gary and his ex wife, Danielle, with Snoop in 2011 (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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Gary played football professionally from 1978, when he played for Leicester City, until 1994, when he spent two seasons with Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight before retiring from the sport.

These days he presents the BBC's flagship football programme, Match of the Day.

Earlier this month, Gary teased retired pro Ian Wright on the programme by joking about his then-rumoured plans to head into the jungle for this year's series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! - and the rumours turned out to be true.

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