MATT Lucas has spoken of his heartbreak as he announced the death of his beloved dog Hob.
The 45-year-old Little Britain star shared a picture of the Labrador on Instagram tonight along with an emotional tribute.
He typed: "On Friday my dog Hob died. Hob could bark for England. Now the house is silent. Hob was one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had. Thank you Hobby. I love you xxx."
The comedian's followers were quick to send their condolences, with Sarah Millican writing: "Oh so sorry to hear this, Matt. Lots of love to you. X"
While Courtney Act posted: "So sorry to hear that! Sending much love."
Just last month Matt paid an even more heartbreaking tribute to ex-husband Kevin McGee on the ten year anniversary of his suicide.
The pair married in December 2006, but by 2008 they were divorced.
Kevin, then aged 32, was found dead at his Edinburgh flat in October 2009 after taking his own life.
His apparent suicide note on Facebook read: "Kevin McGee thinks that death is much better than life."
Matt took to Instagram and shared a beautiful photo of Kevin smiling.
He told his followers: "This is Kevin John McGee, who died ten years ago today.
"I loved him more than anyone I’ve ever met, and still do. He was so funny and silly and clever and kind and handsome and his smile made my heart soar.
"We were together for nearly six years and he made me the happiest man on the planet. In the end he lost his battle with addiction and depression. I guess some people don’t have the armour for this world.
"I think of him probably a hundred times a day, every day. In truth, I think of little else. I would give anything to see him again and maybe one day I will, but for now I will be grateful for the time we had together and the love we shared.
"It was like no other."
Matt's photo received almost 5,000 likes however the star had turned off comments.
He previously opened up about his loss and he spoke about how people respond to grief in different ways, including turning to addiction.
He said in the Sunday Times magazine: “I think people respond in all different ways to grief.
"I thought I was very conscientious going to a bereavement counsellor and not turning to drink, which I hardly ever do — I probably have six units a year.
"I’m not going to start smoking again, I’m not going to do drugs.
"But I ended up eating lots and having lots of sex. That was how I responded. As much as anything I was trying to distract myself."
Doctor Who star Matt said he later suffered extreme chills before deciding to leave the UK in 2012.
He went on: "I wanted to build a new life. The first thing (they say) when something as terrible as that happens is not to do anything radical.
"Don’t immediately sell your house when someone dies, don’t get a new job. But enough time had gone by for me to think now was the time to move on.
"I thought I had to go somewhere warm, so I went to California."
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