Dog who stole millions of hearts with lolling tongue dies aged 18

A dog whose lolling tongue captured millions of hearts around the world has died aged 18.

Marnie, a Shih Tzu, became a celebrity on Instagram thanks to her heart-melting looks.

After being adopted, she went on to command a whopping 1.8million followers on the social media site.

She died on Thursday at her home in Los Angeles, her owner said in a caption alongside an image of the pooch in her trademark head-tilt position.

Shirley Braha: "It is with much grief I share the news that Marnie passed away painlessly and peacefully in my home on Thursday afternoon at the age of 18.

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"Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough. She enjoyed her chicken until the very end.

"Thank you for joining me on an unexpected journey with the ultimate love of my life.

"All I can feel right now is loss but beneath that I have so much gratitude. I’m grateful to the universe for entrusting me with her beautiful soul and providing me with the perfect best friend and companion.

"I'm grateful I was able to give this magical creature the fun and deeply loving life she wanted and deserved. I’m thankful I was chosen to be the conduit for Marnie to bring joy into the world.

"And I’m thankful for all the human and dog friends Marnie and I made along the way, and the strangers on the streets and on the internet, who have shown us so much love."

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Marnie was adopted from Connecticut in 2012.

She became an advert for adopting animals, and has posed with celebrities including Katy Perry and Selena Gomez.

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