Professor Green announces death of gorgeous soul dog in heartbreaking tribute

Professor Green has penned a heartbreaking tribute to his dog named Arthur in the wake of his passing.

The rapper, 38, took to Instagram on Monday 7 February to announce the devastating news, just days after asking his followers if they’d ever had a positive outcome after their pets had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Next to a photo of him hugging his Aylestone Old Tyme English Bulldog, he wrote: “You were my best friend. You saved enough energy to give me a few seconds of excitement but afterwards couldn’t open your eyes: seeing you in that way, knowing how full of life you always had been (although a bit moany – like me) was horrible, I didn’t want to believe it but I knew you weren’t coming home.”

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He continued: “You had such a gorgeous soul, so loving to anyone who needed it. You were with me through the darkest periods of my life and I can’t help but think you were an angel on earth, you got me here, saw me with my son and said bye.”

Professor Green, real name Stephen Manderson, went on to say that Arthur’s cancer treatment initially looked optimistic, but when the father-of-one saw his furry friend last, he “refused to get up”.

“Last night they called me while they were trying to resuscitate you, but I know you’d already made your decision,” Stephen continued.

“Enjoy the freedom now mate; my dreams are always an open door for you to say hello should you fancy it…

“You were loved by so many mate; I didn’t lose a pet, I lost a best friend and he wouldn’t want me to be as broken as I am, but I am mate; loving you hurts so much at the moment”.

The rapper’s celebrity pals have since rushed to share their sadness at the news of Arthur’s death.

Singer Ella Eyer wrote: “the sweetest boy i’m so so sorry,” as This Morning’s Dermot O’Leary said: “Ah buddy. I’m so so sorry x”.

“I am so sorry. My heart hurts for you x,” added The Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown, as Alan Carr commented with a string of broken heart emojis.

Arthur featured alongside Stephen in a BBC Documentary named Dangerous Dogs where, in 2016, the rapper looked into the world of illegal dogs and if the Dangerous Dogs Act made things better or worse.

The well-known dog-lover addressed how certain breeds, such as Aylestone Old Tyme English Bulldogs like Arthur, often get a bad reputation and said that dangerous dogs are often a result of their owners, not their breed.

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