The world lost a gentle giant this week.
Freddy, the tallest dog in the world, died at the age of 8-and-a-half years old, according to an announcement from Guinness World Records (GWR).
The Great Dane, from Essex, U.K., was awarded his title in 2016 for his massive height of 3 feet 4 inches from foot to withers. When he stood on his hind legs, Freddy was 7 feet 5-and-a-half inches tall, the announcement said.
“He was not just the tallest dog but the dog with the most love and the biggest heart,” Freddy’s owner Claire Stoneman said in a statement.
“He was my life,” Stoneman added. “My reason. My joy. My annoyance. My happiness and my ultimate sadness. He was my heart Dane. My one in a million and loved by the entire world.”
Stoneman previously told GWR that when she first got him as a puppy, he was the runt of the litter.
Freddy, the tallest dog in the world, died earlier this week, according to Guinness World Records. (Photo Credit: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records)
“I had no idea he was going to get this big at all,” Stoneman said.
GWR Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday, who helped measure Freddy for the record in 2016, called the dog “such a gentle giant.”
The 8-and-a-half-year-old Great Dane was 3 feet 4 inches tall from foot to withers. (Photo Credit: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records)
“It was always a pleasure to see him bounding towards you,” Glenday said in a statement.
“I still can barely believe that he was the runt of the litter,” Glenday added. “Freddy brought a smile to everyone’s face and will be missed by [everyone] at Guinness World Records. I’m just pleased that we got the chance to celebrate his record-breaking immensity in the books and share his story with millions of people around the world. RIP, Freddy.”
“I can’t stop crying,” Stoneman told GWR. “He was my life.”
Guinness World Records deemed Freddy the tallest dog in the world in 2016. (Photo Credit: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records)