Leona Helmsley’s Millionaire Dog “Trouble” Dies at 12

Trouble, the beloved dog of wealthy real estate mogul Leona Helmsley, has passed away at the age of 12.

When Helmsley died in 2007, she left $12 million to the dog. The amount was later lowered to $2 million by a judge.

Since Helmsley’s death, Trouble has been taken care of by Carl Lekic, the general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle hotel in Florida. According to the New York Daily News, Trouble lived on $100,000 a year, which included $8,000 for grooming and $1,200 for food. The rest went to her caretaker and a security guard.

Trouble died in December, but news of her death was only recently released. Though Helmsley wanted Trouble to be buried with her in a family mausoleum in Westchester County, NY, pets are not allowed in the cemetery.

According to spokeswoman Eileen Sullivan, “Trouble was cremated, and her remains are being privately retained. The funds held in trust for her care have reverted to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for charitable purposes.”

Image credit: Minette Layne / Flickr (Note: The dog shown above is not Trouble)

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Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan4 years ago

Now at Rainbow Bridge.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

C L.
CL L.4 years ago

R.I.P little guy!

frank m.
Past Member 4 years ago

Goodbye, my you rest in peace. Why not have the ashes buried with the owner.

Lillian Martin
Lillian Martin4 years ago

I hope Trouble found Leona at the Rainbow Bridge.

Jean Mccarthy
Jean Mccarthy4 years ago

I would have made sure "Trouble" was looked after well for a long life, hopefully even longer, but the balance would have gone to the "homeless animals" of the country to make their lives a better place to live. There was probably a lot mroe money that could have gone toward building a shelter for the homeless.

Patricia G.
Patricia G.4 years ago

Wish she had donated a lot of money to help street animals... Rest in Peace, Troube * LOVE *

Suzanne Hall
Suzanne Hall4 years ago

Rest in peace, little dude!

Nita Smith
Nita Smith4 years ago

It's very strange how some animals are spoilt to extreme whilst others are being eaten alive on the streets. There seems to be a huge imbalance in the world with both animals and people. Oh well, I hope the rest went to animal charities because they don't have all the media and celebs routing for them like children's charities do.

rene davis
rene davis4 years ago

thank you