Tom Hardy has posted an emotional tribute to his beloved rescue dog Woody, who has sadly passed away.
The Golden Labrador–who was previously voted the 73rd most influential animal by Time magazine, beating Jaws–was often seen by the actor's side, with Hardy even bringing his "best friend" along to the Legend premiere back in 2015, giving him a cameo role in Peaky Blinders, and, most recently, starring alongside him as he read the CBeebies Bedtime Story.
Penning a heartfelt message on his Tumblr page, Tom wrote: "I don't normally speak out about family and friends but this is an unusual circumstance. Woody affected so many people in his own right so with great respect to his autonomy and as a familiar friendly face to many of you, it is with great great sadness a heavy heart that I inform you that after a very hard and short six month battle with an aggressive polymyostisis Woody passed away, two days ago. He was only Age 6. He was far too young to leave us and we at home are devastated by his loss I am ultimately grateful for his loyal companionship and love and it is of some great comfort that he is no longer suffering. Above all I am completely gutted. the world for me was a better place with him in it and by my side."
Hardy, who found Woody while he was in Atlanta filming Lawless, added: "To the bestest friend ever. To me and to a family who loved him beyond words and whom he loved without doubt more than I have ever known. Woody was the bestest of journey companions we ever could dream of having. Our souls intertwined forever."
The Taboo star signed off the heartbreaking post by saying: "Thank you Woody for choosing to find us. We will love you and be with you and you with us forever. Never ever forgotten. Your boy, Tom xxx. I love you beyond words. To the moon and back again and again to Infinity and beyond. Run with [Tom's former dog] Max now and the Angels. I will see you when I get there. With all of me, I love you. Always thank you, for your love beautiful boy."
Tom Hardy is a known philanthropist with a passion for rescue dogs, recently joining Paul O'Grady at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to film the ITV series For the Love of Dogs.