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Zsa Zsa, World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Winner, Dies

Zsa Zsa

A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

Owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minn., told NBC’s “Today ” that Zsa Zsa died in her sleep Tuesday. Brainard said the dog was staying with her father and he found she had passed away when he got up in the morning.

Brainard and her husband, Jesse, spent most of Tuesday visiting a relative in the hospital, which has prevented them from fully “processing” Zsa Zsa’s death. “I’m still in shock … It’s kind of like when she won (the World’s Ugliest Dog contest). It’s been two weeks and I still don’t believe it. It’s probably going to be the same with her passing,” Brainard said.

Brainard brought the dog, named after actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, to TODAY on June 25, revealing that kids often gave Zsa Zsa’s tongue a handshake like it was a paw.

Zsa Zsa recently won the annual contest on June 23 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California. Brainard drove 30 hours from her home in Anoka, Minnesota, to bring Zsa Zsa to the World’s Ugliest Dog competition, which came with a $1,500 prize and a big trophy for first place.