Wednesday, July 22, 2009

taco bell dog dies

It’s a sad day for fans of animal spokes…persons?

It seems that every time we turn around, another beloved celebrity is passing away. Today, it is with heavy heart that we report yet another celebrity death.

Gidget, the cute little Chihuahua made famous in Taco Bell commercials for the phase “Yo quiero Taco Bell,” (”I want Taco Bell!”) passed away last night from a stroke at the age of 15.She'd lived in comfortable semiretirement since the heyday of the Taco Bell advertising campaign, occasionally making cameo appearances.

Gidget, the Chihuahua best known for her appearance in Taco Bell commercials, also played the role of Bruiser’s mom in the 2003 movie Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blue.

According to Gidget’s trainer, Sue Chipperton, the dog spent her retirement days laying in the sun. Sue Chipperton described the diminutive dog as a consummate professional on the set in an interview earlier this year with People Pets. But, she said, Gidget had been the victim of typecasting, which limited her career choices (or, rather, Chipperton's choices on her behalf).

Although her career waned in recent years, Gidget (and her catchphrase) remained a well-known pop-culture footnote of the 1990s. "She made so many people happy," Chipperton told People Pets.

Gidget was with Chipperton watching television when she began making strange noises and suffered a stroke. The dog “had a good day and was running around as normal,” said her owner, Karen McElhatton. “We’re happy that she was very well off right until the end.”

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