Taco Bell Dog Dies

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The Taco Bell dog has died from a stroke at age 15.

Gidget, the Chihuahua best known for her appearance in Taco Bell commercials, also played the role of Bruiser's mom in the 2003 movie Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blue.

The advertising catch-phrase for the Taco Bell commercial was "¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!" ("I want Taco Bell!"). The voiceover work for these commercials was provided by voice actor Carlos Alazraqui.

After being released from mascot duties by Taco Bell, Gidget was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where she was allowed a choice of a Taco Bell Chalupa or some KFC chicken.  She chose the chicken.

According to Gidget's trainer, Sue Chipperton, the dog spent her retirement days laying in the sun.

Gidget was with Chipperton watching television when she began making strange noises and suffered a stroke.  The dog "had a good day and was running around as normal," said her owner, Karen McElhatton.  "We're happy that she was very well off right until the end."

Watch ¡Yo quiero Taco Bell! commercial below.