Rourke Loses Dog Who Was 'Love of His Life'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2009 11:29 AM CST
Actor Mickey Rourke poses on the red carpet with his dog Loki.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Loki, the Chihuahua who figured prominently in Mickey Rourke’s Golden Globe acceptance speech, died Monday, E! Online reports. The 18-year-old dog accompanied Rourke on the red carpet at the awards. The Oscar-nominated actor is very attached to his canine friends. “Sometimes, when a man is alone, that's all you got is your dog,” he said. “And they've meant the world to me.”

During his acceptance speech, Rourke thanked “all my dogs, the ones who are here and the ones who aren't here anymore.” He has consistently stressed the animals' importance in his personal and professional comeback. “I sort of self-destructed and everything came out about 14 years ago or so,” he said. “The wife had left, the career was over, the money was not an ounce. The dogs were there when no one else was there.”