“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak received an outpouring of support after announcing on-air that his beloved dog of 12 years had passed away.
As the credits started to roll on Monday’s episode, Sajak reminisced with Vanna White about all the things they have in common.
“We both have two kids, we both have the same unusual blood type, but the weirdest of all, we independently, without anyone knowing it, we both named our pets the same name.”
White has a cat named Stella and Sajak had a dog named Stella.
Then Sajak shared some heartbreaking news.
“I use the past tense because we recently had to say goodbye to Stella.”
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He went on to say, “It was a very sad time for the Sajak family. But we wanted to salute Stella by showing you happier days.”
He proudly showed photos of Stella in the snow and one of him and Stella together. He concluded his tribute by saying, “We’re going to miss her, she was a good friend.”
Viewers immediately took to social media to send their condolences to Sajak and his family.
“I don’t usually cry during Wheel of Fortune, but here we are,” tweeted one fan.
Another wrote, “Pat Sajak and Stella: we know how you feel. It’s hard to say goodbye.”
Maggie, Sajak’s daughter, wrote her own heartfelt tribute to Stella on Instagram and shared photos of the beautiful girl.
“To know her was to love her. My baby, my best friend, my everything. The sweetest, smartest, strongest, most beautiful, and most loving little lady. We are so blessed that she chose us as her family. I miss you Stella, and I love you forever.”
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