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Obama dog Bo, once a White House celebrity, dies from cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama’s dog, Bo, has died after a battle with cancer. Obama and his wife, Michelle, shared the news of Bo's passing on Instagram.

Both expressed sorrow at the death of a dog the former president described as a “true friend and loyal companion.”

Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between. pic.twitter.com/qKMNojiu9V

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 8, 2021

The Portuguese water dog was a gift to the Obamas from the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was a key supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Bo and a companion dog, Sunny, were constant presences around the White House and popular among visitors, often joining the Obamas for public events.

"For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives-- happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between," Obama wrote on Twitter. "He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly."

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"As a family, we will miss Bo dearly. But we are thankful that he lived such a joyful life full of snuggles, games of fetch, and evenings spent lying on the couch," the former first lady wrote.

  • FILE - Int his April 14, 2009, file photo Malia Obama runs with Bo, followed by President Barack Obama and Sasha Obama, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Former President Barack Obama’s dog, Bo, died Saturday, May 8, 2021, after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama pets the family dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
  • The President's dogs Bo, front, and Sunny walk on the tarmac by their handlers to board Air Force One before the arrival of President Barack Obama and his family at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. The first family is traveling to Martha's Vineyard for a family vacation. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
  • First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by first dog Bo, walks past reporters during a visit to the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, during a preview of the White House holiday decorations. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is Joy to All. School children were also in the State Dining Room decorating holiday treats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • President Barack Obama, sitting with, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, first dog Bo, and daughters Sasha, and Malia, speaks to the crowd before reading a story during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 9, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • FILE - In this April 22, 2010, file photo Bo, the Obama's family pet, sits in the Cross Hall before an event with first lady Michelle Obama to welcome children of Executive Office employees at the White House's annual take our daughters and sons to work day in Washington. Former President Barack Obama’s dog, Bo, died Saturday, May 8, 2021, after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
  • FILE - In this June 8, 2011, file photo first dog Bo enjoys a nap in a shady spot on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Former President Barack Obama’s dog, Bo, died Saturday, May 8, 2021, after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)