The world has lost a gentle giant.
Giant George, verified as the world’s tallest dog by Guinness World Records, died last Thursday, one month before his eighth birthday.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died on Thursday, October 17, 2013,” his owners, David and Christine Nasser, posted on GiantGeorge.com. “George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones … We appreciate the love and support you have given Giant George over the last several years.”
Giant George, 3 feet, 7 inches from paw to his shoulder and almost seven feet long, was known for his appearance on shows like “Live with Regis & Kelly” and “Good Morning America.”
The Great Dane, owned by Dave and Christie Nasser, was actually the runt of the litter, according to the website.
“Eager to play … this big Great Dane was scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and, most of all, scared of being alone,” the site said.
The owners donated a percentage of Giant George merchandise to animal charities and in 2011, donated more than $500 to a Japanese animal shelter after the country was hit hard by both an earthquake and tsunami.
Family, friends and fans have all posted to George’s Facebook page with their condolences.
“Thanks to the Nasser family for sharing him with the world. He will be missed,” one fan wrote.