An aspiring singer and animal conservationist passed away at the age of 10, according to “Dolphin Tale” director Charles Martin Smith.
On Tuesday, Smith shared the sad news with followers on his Twitter page. “Dear Hollywood,” he wrote. “Winter has passed away. She was a special puppy. Goodbye…we’ll miss you Winter.”
Dear Hollywood. Winter has passed away. She was a special puppy. Goodbye…we’ll miss you Winter. pic.twitter.com/Px4QUvNHgA — Charles Martin Smith (@CharlesCMartin) April 4, 2017
Winter’s ordeal occurred in January 2010.
As a 2-year-old puppy, the dolphin was born without hind legs due to a birth defect. But the family adopted her and taught her to walk through manikins.
After the incident in 2010, she was taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
She is known for the role she had in 2009’s Dolphin Tale, which starred Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr.
Dolphin Tale was a big hit at the box office.
The film grossed more than $200 million worldwide, and Winter has had guest appearances on television and in the movies since then.
Winter was euthanized due to kidney failure, according to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s website.
For more on her story, go to Dolphin Tale on YouTube.
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