Famed director Kevin Smith, known for his films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks, has revealed he his heartbroken following the slow death of his beloved pet dog, Mulder.
You can say what you like about Smith and his work, but anybody who has experienced the loss of a pet can truly empathize with the situation he's in. It can be soul destroying.
It doesn't matter how much success and money you have in life, we all suffer the same pain and grief when we lose a loved one. It hurts.
The 44-year-old filmmaker shared a very intimate and emotional image of him embracing the body of Mulder on his social media accounts on Wednesday, shortly before the dog passed away.
Shortly before Mulder passed, Smith said:
"They never tell you when you get a dog, but there is a price to pay for being the recipient of 17 years of unconditional love, loyalty and companionship: they take a huge chunk of your heart with them when they go."
He then added:
"Mulder was beyond worth it. Fuck, this hurts..."
At around 1pm, the director of cult film Clerks and the recent horror flick Tusk, posted an update announcing that his four-legged best friend had sadly passed away.
In a moving eulogy, Smith wrote:
"He's gone. RIP Mulder, my Buddy-Man. Thank you for 17 years of sheer joy and affection. It took a dog like you to make me a better person,"
Since then, more than 40,000 people on Facebook have left comments on Smith’s wall expressing their condolences on his loss, many of them sharing stories and photos of the pets they themselves had lost.
Posting to Reddit, Kevin later wrote:
"I’m reminded of a line from Doctor Who: 'You can spend the rest of your life with me… but I can’t spend the rest of my life with you.'"
Poor, Kevin. We're thinking of you, buddy.