Russell Crowe’s 16-month-old puppy dead after being ‘hit by a truck’

Actor Russell Crowe has revealed the sad death of his beloved dog Louis.

The 58-year-old said the 16-month-old pup was hit by a truck and died in the actor’s arms.

“This is Louis the papillion, 16 months old. Tiny, cheeky, brave. He won my heart,” Crowe tweeted on Thursday.

“Unfortunately today, on the second anniversary of my father’s passing, Louis was hit by a truck.

“We tried to get him to the vet but he died in my arms while I was telling him how much we loved him.”

He shared a sweet photo of Louis gazing up at the camera.

“I am so sorry Louis and Russell,” one commenter wrote.

“It’s so painful to lose a pet,” a second said.

“I am so sorry! What a beautiful face and those eyes. I like to think our pets wait for us to join them one day, loyal as ever,” added another.

The actor’s father John died, aged 85, in March 2021 onboard a Qantaslink flight.

“They basically gave him CPR for who knows how long … probably 18 to 20 minutes,” fellow passenger Andrew Fraser told 7NEWS at the time.

“They worked tirelessly and continued after the flight had landed.”

Crowe personally announced the news via Twitter, posting: “My dear old man, my beautiful Dad, the most gentle of men, has passed away.”

“I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world who’s (sic) heart he touched and who’s (sic) ribs he tickled with his sparkly eyes and his cheeky attitude to everyone, and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as any to pass on the news.

“John Alexander Crowe 13th March 1936 — 30th March 2021.

“Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Passed away in Coffs Harbour, NSW, his home for the last 25 years.

“Rest In Peace.”