Presenter Monty Don paid a heartfelt tribute to this beloved pooch on Twitter
ByLucy NeedhamSenior Celebrity ReporterRosaleen Fenton
Gardeners’ World broadcaster Monty Don has revealed his dog Nigel, who made regular appearances on the BBC show, has died.
Don broke the sad news on Twitter where he paid tribute to his much-loved pooch.
“I am very sorry to announce that Nigel has died,” Don tweeted this morning.
“He slipped quietly away with no pain or suffering and is now buried in the garden with lots of tennis balls. Rest now old friend. See you in the sweet bye and bye.”
The post sparked an outpouring of messages supporting the broadcaster.
Reverend Richard Coles replied: “Lovely boy. What a blessing. Condolences from me, Monty.”
BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker wrote: “How grim to hear. Sorry Monty. He was a much loved part of the GW experience.”138266811598MOST READ1Jerry Stiller dead: Seinfeld star dies as son Ben Stiller pays tribute2Katie Price has ‘found her perfect man’ with live-in Dreamboys stripper Al Warrell3‘I’ve chosen my baby’s name but my husband’s family say it’s child abuse’
“Oh Monty! So sorry x” added Sophie Raworth.
Golden Retriever Nigel was known to fans for his appearances on the BBC Two gardening programme, where he was often seen with Don’s other dog Nellie.
In September 2016, Don released an autobiographical book entitled Nigel: my family and other dog where he recounted stories about his pet.
Viewers had become concerned when Nigel hadn’t been seen on camera back in 2012, but it was later revealed the dog had injured himself twisting sideways as he jumped to catch a tennis ball.
Nigel also underwent surgery last year to remove growths in his mouth.