Fans of rapper and actor Ice-T and his wife, Coco Austin, have come to love Spartacus, the couple’s animated and often grumpy-looking dog.

Throughout the couple’s time as reality TV stars, Spartacus was a constant presence, never far from Ice-T’s side.

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On Sunday, the “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” star took to Twitter to share some bad news about Spartacus with his fans.

“Terrible News: This morning I lost my Best Friend,” Ice-T wrote. “Spartacus died from a complication after surgery.. He had cancer in his knee.. So sad.”

Social media accounts for Ice-T’s wife and the couple’s baby daughter also mourned the death of the beloved dog.

“My heart is hurting tremendously,” Coco wrote on Instagram. “Today Sparty died after knee surgery complications.He was my 1st baby with Ice.There’ll never be another dog like him. Everybody that knew him thought he was very human like and so lovable.. His full name was Spartacus The Supermodel.. He was only 6.. I have been crying my brains out I’m shocked!”

Ice-T heads to Twitter to break the news about a tragic death in the family ChanelNicole/Instagram/Screenshot
Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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