Loki, the dog Mickey Rourke once called “the love of my life,” passed away on Monday. The eighteen-year-old pet was the daughter of Mickey’s first chihuahua, Beau Jack, who achieved infamy when Mickey dropped out of a movie over the dog being taken out of a scene. Rourke credits Beau Jack for keeping from killing himself during a low period in the ’90s.
Judging from how badly he took Beau Jack’s death in 2002 (“I gave him mouth-to-mouth for 45 minutes before they peeled me off. Depressed? He died at my home, and I didn’t go back for two weeks”), the actor must be pretty down right now. If he wins the Oscar for Best Actor on Sunday, expect one hell of a tribute.
“[Loki]‘s like a giant Xanax, you know? I’m not going to get religious on your ass, but I truly believe God created dogs for a cause. They are the greatest companions a man could ever have.”