‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ Dies on Thanksgiving

Elwood, the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix, was 8 years old

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A dog named Elwood is seen during the 18th annual World's Ugliest Dog competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., June 23, 2006.

A beloved dog named “world’s ugliest dog,” which became the subject of a children’s book, died Thanksgiving morning.

Elwood, a hairless Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix except for a tuft of white hair atop his head, died unexpectedly, according to his owner Karen Quigley. The famed dog was crowned “world’s ugliest dog” in 2007 at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair in California, where he quickly gained fans and inspired the children’s book Everyone Loves Elwood.

Quigley said Elwood had been battling health issues recently, but was doing well as of late.