Mickey Rourke’s pet chihuahua Loki dies

Posted by · 10:00 am · February 18th, 2009

Loky with Mickey Rourke at the 2008 Venice International Film FestivalUPDATED: Okay, here’s Rourke’s statement.  And I’m getting conflicting info on the spelling of “Loki.”  All the news outlets are using an “i” but I saw a “y” on her collar last year.  Weird.  I guess I’ll take it from the owner, who had this to say:

Loki is deeply missed but with me in spirit. I feel very blessed that she fell asleep peacefully in my arms.

EARLIER: Anyone who’s been on the “Wrestler” beat this year and had the chance to talk to Mickey Rourke has probably also had the chance to meet Loki, the actor’s pet chihuahua who suffered a stroke recently and has been recovering ever since.

Sadly, the door was shut on Loki yesterday as the adorable 18-year-old K9 you probably remember from Robert Rodriguez’s “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” left this mortal coil and scurried on to a better place.  E! Online broke the news.

Now’s as good a time as any to share a Loki story.  It was October, at the Four Seasons hotel here in Los Angeles.  I was set to interview Rourke and was waiting for him to finish up with another journalist when this creature with a bloated gut (which needed to be drained) waddled up to me, struggling to see through her cataracts-inflicted eyes.  She seemed a bit down, not sure what to do with herself without her master for a half-hour.

In walks Rourke and before he turns the corner so I can see him, I hear his voice: “Hey porkchop!”  Loki livens up immediately and moves — as fast as she can — over to the iconic actor, who announces that he’s starving and needs to eat something before we start the interview.

Rourke comes over to the table and sits down, preparing for yet another bombardment of queries, breaks open a baked potato and starts eating.  “I need some carbs,” he says, before finishing his portion and lifting Loki up to finish off what was left.  The meal a distant memory based on the specks of starch left on the plate, Loki walks in a couple of circles on the table before collapsing right next to my audio recorder for the duration.  And boy could she snore.

Mickey went on to tell me how earlier in the afternoon they had lost the dog in the hotel’s pool area.  His publicist confirms that the actor was indeed quite upset.  “I was ready to burn this place down,” Rourke said jovially.  He loved that dog.

Rest in peace, Loki.

Mickey Rourke with Loky

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21 responses so far

  • 1 2-18-2009 at 10:55 am

    Kevin said...

    Tragic. The man really has lost practically everything that he loved and everything and everyone that loved him. Poor guy…. : (

  • 2 2-18-2009 at 10:56 am

    Leone said...

    I feel for Mickey — Losing a pet is a horrible thing to go through. My heart goes out to him.

  • 3 2-18-2009 at 10:57 am

    Kevin said...

    Agreed. I lost a dog a few years ago, and it ripped me apart. Our hearts go out to you Mickey.

  • 4 2-18-2009 at 11:32 am

    Jamieson said...

    Losing a dog who you consider your closest companion is the hardest thing in the world. My heart goes out to Mickey and Loky.

  • 5 2-18-2009 at 11:47 am

    Ryan said...

    As all the previous commenters have said, this is a sad thing for Mr. Rourke. I would like to think that an oscar win for his brilliant acting in The Wrestler will buoy his spirits, I’d bet he’d mention Loky in his speech.

  • 6 2-18-2009 at 12:28 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    I have my very first dog at the moment, and I’ve only had her for four years, and I already feel that I’d lose a huge chunk of my heart and my life if she died.

    I can’t even imagine what Rourke feels, after eighteen years, and going through all that he went through with this dog by his side.

    Rest in peace, and bones be with you, Loky.

  • 7 2-18-2009 at 12:37 pm

    John Travolta said...

    Mickey loved his dog enough to mention him in his speeches. He brought him everywhere he went. Like everyone else our hearts go out to you.

  • 8 2-18-2009 at 12:38 pm

    Patrick said...

    Jesus when did this place become some boring Mickey Rourke fan blog? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

    In other news, Penelope Cruz took a crap today.

  • 9 2-18-2009 at 12:56 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    It ain’t teh internetz without teh trolls.

    But yes, my prayers are with Mickey Rourke.

  • 10 2-18-2009 at 1:04 pm

    THE Diego Ortiz said...

    Dogs can be drained? I never knew that.

  • 11 2-18-2009 at 2:41 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    As someone who lost a beloved 15 year-old mongrel last year (RIP Lewis), my heart breaks for Rourke. Loki looked like such a fun addition to the awards scene this year — every dog should be so lucky as to have a master that devoted, and vice versa.

  • 12 2-18-2009 at 4:11 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Patrick: OK, so the story didn’t interest you. Why not just ignore it then, rather than posting some snarky, mean-spirited comment? Jeez.

  • 13 2-18-2009 at 4:21 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    In all fairness Patrick, more people cared about this dog than they ever will you.

  • 14 2-18-2009 at 4:55 pm

    elessar said...

    I know how Mickey feels. Last year, my dog Cookie died. She was probably the same age as Loki. I know for a fact she was at least 15 when she died. The saddest part is that I was away at school when she left this world, so I never had a chance to say good-bye and tell her how much I loved her. The pain from that still lingers with me. Mine is a family of dog-lovers and we’ve had to say good-bye to more furry friends than we care to count.

  • 15 2-18-2009 at 5:47 pm

    head_wizard said...

    I may not want him to win the oscar but this is terrible news. Losing a pet especially one he has had for so long is a very sad event. I hope Mr. Rourke is doing okay and I wish him only the best.

  • 16 2-18-2009 at 6:00 pm

    Simone said...

    My condolenses to Mr. Rourke.

    RIP Loki.

  • 17 2-18-2009 at 9:28 pm

    Rhonda said...

    Patrick- did u read the title of this blog ” Mickey Rourke’s pet chihuahua Loki dies? well of course that is what we are talking about…i have to also add that you are a mean spirited person who clearly doesn’t care about feelings of anyone, so i am not wasting another second of my time on you #%#HOLE…..my heart goes out to Mickey and Loki..I am a huge animal lover and just reading everyone’s comments is making me cry..I lost my beloved Skyler almost 3 years ago and I have her ashes and talk to her..she was my best friend..i fortunately have her boyfriend Ziggy and he is almost 9 and just thinking of not having him with me is absolutely heart breaking, so again this is so sad…R.I.P. Liko

  • 18 2-23-2009 at 3:07 pm

    Cookie said...

    I lost my Hairless Chinese 4 years ago….Mingie
    was 14 years old. I know the pain that you are feeling. Keep busy, and weclome back. I think you are the greatest. And a real inspiration.

    Your fan Cookie