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Leona Helmsley's Millionaire Dog, Trouble, Passed Away

Is it wrong to be glad that a dog died? Yes. Obviously. But this dog was bequeathed millions of dollars and lived better than 95% of humanity. So, through no fault of its own, Trouble is the only pooch that has people asking, "Is there a doggie hell?"

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  • Leona Helmsley and Trouble. (AP Photo) NEW YORK (AP)--Leona Helmsley's millionaire Maltese has died. The Helmsley family trust said Thursday that 12-year-old Trouble died Dec. 13 and was cremated. Trouble became famous when Helmsley, who died in 2007 at 87, left the dog $12 million. A judge trimmed Trouble's bequest to $2 million. Helmsley was the widow of Harry Helmsley and helped run their hotel and real estate empire. She served 21 months in prison for evading federal taxes by billing her businesses for mansion renovations. Trust spokeswoman Eileen Sullivan would not say how much was left of Trouble's money but what remained went into a charitable trust. Sullivan would not say where the dog died. The Daily News reports Trouble had been cared for by the general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle hotel in Sarasota, Fla. TMZ reports that Trouble's allowance was $8,000 a year for grooming, $1,200 for food, and--in response to dozens of death threats against the dog--a full-time security guard.