A Great Dane confirmed to be the world’s tallest dog by the Guinness Book of World Records, has passed away after a lengthy battle with bone cancer.
Gibson, a 7 year old Harlequin Great Dane owned by a family in California, measured 7 feet 1 inch when standing upright on his back legs. Back in April, the dog was diagnosed with bone cancer and Vets immediately amputated his right front leg to stop the spread of the disease. He was also given chemotherapy as a precaution.
Everything looked promising for Gibson until last week when his owner, Sandy Hall, found out from Vets that the cancer was back and was rapidly spreading through his lungs and spine. At that point the disease became life threatening and would mean Gibson would spend the rest of his days suffering, so Ms. Hall made the decision to put him down. Gibson died peacefully Friday.
After being named the worlds tallest dog, Gibson made several TV appearances, including Oprah, Jay Leno, the Ellen DeGeneres show and also on Japanese television, and aparently loved people and being in front of the cameras.
You can find out more about Gibson, including photos and videos, at his official site here.