Olympian Gus Kenworthy Mourns Sudden Death of His Korean Rescue Puppy

Skier shares the sad news with fans that his puppy Beemo died suddenly due to a previously unknown birth defect

By Meg Swertlow May 27, 2018 11:13 PMTags
Gus Kenworthy, Beemo

In a sad turn of events, Olympian Gus Kenworthy's beloved puppy Beemo has suddenly died due to an unknown birth defect.

Fans may remember that the skier famously saved the puppy from a Korean meat farm while competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and then adopted the little lady, much to the delight of the world.

Beemo has made quite an impact during her brief life, a constant on the Olympian's social media and acquiring over 130,000 of her own Instagram followers. 

The skier took to Instagram on Saturday to share the sad news and write a heartbreaking post about the loss that he and boyfriend Matt Wilkas are experiencing. 

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Kenworthy wrote, "Two days ago my beautiful baby Beemo passed away. It was completely unexpected and Matt and I are beside ourselves trying to cope with her loss. For a week or so we'd been worrying because she was showing less and less interest in her food."

There were several trips to the vet and on our final visit this past Thursday I asked them do a full body scan in case there was an underlying issue they had missed. Beemo went into a panic attack during the x-rays and her breathing became rapid and shallow. The scan revealed that her lungs were deteriorated and that her heart was too big for her body - a birth defect we had no way of knowing about."

The sad tale continues, "Unable to treat her there, I rushed her to the emergency vet where a breathing tube was put down her throat. They hoped that with a respirator breathing for her they could get her vitals back to a normal level so she could be treated but they were never able to do so. The past two days have been a blur. It all happened so fast that it's still hard to believe it. The ER doc told us that even if we'd somehow spotted the issue earlier it wouldn't have made a difference in the end. He said that she'd been living on 'borrowed time' from the get go."

The heartfelt tribute continued, "Beemo was truly the best thing that ever happened to me and I feel so fortunate for our borrowed time together. I've never loved anything or anyone in the way that I loved that dog and she is and will always be deeply missed. She was so smart and playful. She brought so much happiness to so many people every single day. I'll always remember being out on a walk with her and every other second she would get stopped by someone wanting to pet her, kneel down and kiss her, hold her in their arms or take a photo and on many occasions a crowd of people would have formed around her. That was her power: she made people smile."

The athlete continued, "She was the kindest, most gentle soul I've ever known. She loved people. She loved birds and the snow. She loved me and Matt. But most of all she loved meeting other dogs. If any of you have pets up in doggy heaven please tell them to go find Bee because she could really use a good play date right now. RIP sweet creature - your daddy loves you more than you could ever even know!"

Kenworthy didn't medal in the 2018 Games, although he did nab a silver in 2014 at Sochi, however, the 26-year-old did make headlines after his kiss with Wilkas went viral and was generally regarded as one of the best moments off-the-ice during the Games.

RIP Beemo...