The actors shared the heartbreaking news about his 12-year-old Great Dane-Labrador mix on Monday, saying that his family will miss him.
Michael J. Fox’s beloved pet has sadly passed away. On Monday, the Back to the Future star took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking news about the death of his 12-year-old pooch, Gus. Alongside a picture of his treasured dog, the 59-year-old actor wrote: Gus — great dog and loyal friend, we’ll miss you. He also made references to several pages of his 2020 memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality. Many of his fans expressed their condolences after hearing the news, including one user who shared: NO 😭😭😭😭😭 I'm so sorry Michael!! I just looked up that chapter in the book again. I feel really bad for you. ❤️😢 Gus was a wonderful dog, and will be in our hearts forever. ❤️ My heart goes out to you and your family! 💖 I'm sure Gus is having a lovely time in Heaven right now. ☺️💖 I love you Mikey, don't worry, we're here for you xxxxx
Apart from his post, Fox also shared a string of photos of himself with Gus throughout the years on his Instagram Stories in a heartfelt tribute for his late companion. Gus has been a constant support for Fox who has been battling Parkinson's for years now. According to PEOPLE, Fox described his Great Dane-Labrador mix as a "wonder dog" in his book for being a devoted friend throughout the ups and downs that the actor had been through, especially his struggles with health. "I didn't rescue Gus," he wrote. "You can argue that he rescued me, but he'd be too modest to make that claim." Fox appeared in The Pet Project, a CBS primetime special, in November and spoke about the impact that Gus had made on his life.
"You know that no matter your situation, no matter what you feel, this animal is with you and is connected to you, and you feel," said the 59-year-old. "It's a force multiplier." Furthermore, he explained, "Your instinct when you have a chronic illness is to sometimes isolate and make your world as small as possible so you don't have much to deal with, but a dog will open you up." The actor was just 29 when he was first diagnosed with the unforgiving disease and a doctor said he would be lucky to work another 10 years, we reported. But he proved the medical professional wrong by not only working for decades but also doing a brilliant job as he earned eight Emmy nominations.
The four-time Golden Globe Award made his health status public in 1998 after being diagnosed in 1991. He went on to star in Spin City from 1996-2001 and continued making recurring guest appearances on The Good Wife from 2010-16. However, his health took a terrifying turn in 2018 after doctors found a noncancerous, rapidly-growing tumor on his spine while looking for the cause of his pain. Although the surgery was successful, Fox was left to relearn how to walk again and Gus played a huge role during this phase of his life.
The four-time Golden Globe Award winner revealed how he found his adorable pooch waiting for him by the door when he returned from the hospital in a wheelchair. Speaking to CBS News' Lee Cowan, he continued, "He kind of circles the wheelchair with this low kind of woof woof, woof woof, and sat in front of the wheelchair right in front of me, and looked at me, and I said, 'It's going to be okay.'" Our hearts go out to Fox, who announced his retirement from the acting industry in 2020 citing his deteriorating health. Gus was 12 at the time of his death and 12 years is beyond the life expectancy of a Great Dane. Thankfully, he lived a happy and long life around people who loved him to bits. After being such a wonderful companion to Fox for years we hope that Gus has a wonderful life in doggy heaven.