Bo died after a long battle with cancer, according to Michelle Obama, the former American president’s shocked wife, who added that the entire Obama family is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

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Michelle Obama expressed her appreciation to sympathizers for showing their departed dog affection over the years he was with the family on Twitter.

Sharing a photo of their dog, she wrote;

This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—Bo—after a battle with cancer. We are grateful for the love you showed him over the years. Please hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight—and give them a belly rub from us.

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Social media users have mourned their loss in different ways and below are a few of them.

@domingo_loso

RIP BO. Dogs are very loyal and exceptional creatures. More loyal than humans 🙏🏽

@kayla_scot

People that don’t have a dog can’t relate to the pain. It’s painful to lose a dog honestly. Even when it’s sick you’ll not be happy.

@pectordegreat

I have a pet dog and I know exactly how this could feel. You just watch them grow from puppies and forming thier own personality. They are loyal beyond belief and become a part of your life. Its a sad loss

@cheta___

You will never know how important they are till they die…a dogs death can be so painful 💔