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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Tucker, the beloved therapy dog that brought smiles to thousands of sick kids and their families at Kapiolani Center for Women & Children, has died at 10 years old.
Tucker's "mom" announced the news online Wednesday, prompting a flurry of former patients and other Tucker fans to post their photos with the golden retriever.
"It is with profound sadness that I write this to let you all know that our sweet, wonderful miracle Tucker passed away," Wendi Hirsch wrote. "Happy and visiting with his children until the day he moved on, he was surrounded with love from the minute he was born through the last moment of his life. He showed us all how to love completely, to live in the moment and to be truly present for each other."
The post prompted a number of former patients and their families to post their memories of Tucker.
"Rest in peace, Tucker," wrote Corbin Mcguire on Facebook. "Thank you for making me and so many other kids feel better in our times of need."
Desire'e Dias wrote, "We've lost our ambassador of love. Our friend and healer of many children. Tucker has always graced our halls with his calm and loving demeanor that has brightened the lives of those he encountered each and every day."
In a statement, Kapiolani Medical Center CEO Martha Smith said Tucker will be greatly missed.
"It's safe to say that Tucker was our most beloved 'employee' and cherished not only by our patients and their families, but also by our physicians, nurses, staff, volunteers and community," Smith said. "Tucker provided comfort, happiness and care to our pediatric patients, and will live on in the hearts of everyone who came into contact with him."