The Evansville, Ind., Labrador retriever who recently completed a half-marathon, without the help of his owner, has died, reported Thursday's Philly.com.
According to KPHO News, eight-year-old "Boogie," suffered a fatal heart attack on Tuesday; his family took the sad news of their companion's passing to Facebook.
Boogie became an internet celebrity after running 13.1 miles in the YMCA half marathon; the dog had slipped his leash the day before and his owner was not aware that Boogie "participated" in the race festivities.
Boogie's guardian, Jerry Butts, eventually found the wayward Labrador at the animal shelter, and then, discovered what the dog had accomplished.
Race organizers wanted Boogie's efforts to be recognized and they awarded him with a medal at a special ceremony on the Monday following the event.
Prior story on Boogie here.
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