So Long, Trouble: Leona Helmsley's $2M Dog Dead

Dog was subject of death threats, died after series of health issues

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 9, 2011 9:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Considering her time on Earth was filled with rides in stretch limos and private jets, doggie heaven might not be much better for Trouble. Leona Helmsley's pampered pooch died at age 12 in December, and her death was kept secret for months. The pup, who the New York Daily News points out was 84 in dog years, had her controversial inheritance knocked down from $12 million to $2 million following Helmsley's 2007 death, which was used to pay for things like grooming ($8,000 a year) and a full-time security guard.

Though Helmsley wanted Trouble to be buried with her in the $1.4 million Helmsley mausoleum, it was not to be: Pets are not allowed to be buried in cemeteries, so Trouble "was cremated, and her remains are being privately retained," says a rep. "The funds held in trust for her care have reverted to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for charitable purposes."

Leona Helmsley and her dog Trouble photographed in Leona Helmsley's Park Lane Hotel apartment. Friday, January 31, 2003 in New York.
Leona Helmsley and her dog Trouble photographed in Leona Helmsley's Park Lane Hotel apartment. Friday, January 31, 2003 in New York.   (AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)
Leona Helmsley and her dog Trouble photographed in Leona Helmsley's Park Lane Hotel apartment. Friday, January 31, 2003 in New York.
Leona Helmsley and her dog Trouble photographed in Leona Helmsley's Park Lane Hotel apartment. Friday, January 31, 2003 in New York.   (AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)
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