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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Trouble, Leona Helmsley’s millionaire dog, dies at age 12


Leona Helmsley and Trouble in 2003. (Jennifer Graylock - AP)
Trouble, the 12-year-old Maltese millionaire, has died.

The pooch, who passed away last December, belonged to billionaire hotel queen Leona Helmsley, who left Trouble a $12 million trust fund when she died in 2007. A judge later reduced the trust fund to $2 million, a sum the dog’s caretaker, Carl Lekic, general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel in Florida, said would be perfectly adequate.

So what does a dog do with that much money?

Well, Lekic said Trouble had $100,000 living expenses per year, according to the New York Daily News , including $8,000 for grooming and $1,200 for food. The rest went to Lekic and a security guard, who was apparently very necessary. Trouble had received between 20 and 30 death and dog-napping threats.

The money remaining in the trust will be transferred to the Helmsley’s charitable trust.

Although leaving a dog millions of dollars might seem ridiculous to some, Helmsley isn’t alone in her choice. Heiress Gail Posner left her $8.3 million home and $3 million trust to her dogs, and Oprah’s pets will reportedly inherit $30 million from the media maven.

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