Actor Tom Hardy has taken to his Tumblr blog to publish a heartbreaking tribute to his dog, Woody, who has passed away aged six.
The actor, who won the hearts of mums across the country when he read bedtime stories on CBeebies, has written a touching blog post dedicated to his pup after he sadly died due to a muscle disease.
The Mad Max star adopted Woody, also known as Woodstock, as a stray and had described the pooch as his ‘best friend ever’, regularly taking him to premieres and events.
Tom took to the popular blog sharing site to break the news to fans and friends.
‘To the bestest friend ever. To me and to a family who loved him beyond words and whom he loved without doubt more than I have ever known.
‘Woody was the bestest of journey companions we ever could dream of having. Our souls intertwined forever.’
Tom and Woody at the film premiere for Legend in 2015
The 39-year-old dad continued to reference Woody’s young age, being just six years old when he passed away from polymyostisis, an aggressive muscle disease.
‘I don’t normally speak out about family and friends but this is an unusual circumstance.
‘Woody affected so many people in his own right so with great respect to his autonomy and as a familiar friendly face to many of you, it is with great great sadness a heavy heart that I inform you that after a very hard and short 6 month battle with an aggressive polymyostisis Woody passed away, two days ago.
‘He was far too young to leave us and we at home are devastated by his loss, I am ultimately grateful for his loyal companionship and love and it is of some great comfort that he is no longer suffering.
‘Above all I am completely gutted. The world for me was a better place with him in it and by my side.
‘Thank you Woody for choosing to find us. We will love you and be with you and you with us forever.’
The A-lister finished his post with an emotional sign off, addressing his dog, telling him he was loved ‘beyond words’.
‘Never ever ever forgotten. Your Boy tom xxx I love you beyond words. To the moon and back again and again to infinity and beyond. Run with Max now and the Angels. I will see you when I get there.’
Tom and Moshe Hogeg with Woody at a press event in 2016
Fans of both the actor and his loveable pet have taken to Twitter to share their devastation, with many sharing adorable pictures of them both.
One fan tweeted, ‘Tom Hardy’s dog died & he made a 9 minute slideshow and wrote a long post about how much he loved him and I’M CRYING.’
Whilst another said, ‘tom hardy’s beloved dog woodstock, aka woody, died and my heart is literally broken for a dog I have never met before. rip buddy🌺🌹🌷 ‘
One Twitter user wrote, ‘TOM HARDY’S DOG PASSED AWAY AND HE WROTE THIS 🙁 he’s the purest soul’ whilst another agreed, ‘just read what tom hardy wrote about his dog and i’m destroyed’.