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The actor announced the sad news via Instagram on Monday, writing "Rest in Peace Dolly" along with the hashtags #AdoptDontShop and #RescueDog"



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    Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.

    Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston are mourning the death of their dog, Dolly.

    Theroux took to Instagram on Monday to announce the pet's passing.

    "Tonight, at sunset, after a heroic struggle...our most loyal family member and protector, Dolly A. laid down her sword and shield," he wrote alongside a few snapshots of his four-legged friend. "She was surrounded by her entire family."

    Quoting a few words from George Graham Vest, Theroux then wrote, "The one that never deserts, the one that never proves ungrateful... is the dog-- faithful and true, even in death." He ended his post by writing "Rest in Peace Dolly" along with the hashtags #AdoptDontShop and #RescueDog."

    In one image, two hands grasped each other’s — one presumably Theroux’s while the other appearing to be of Aniston, 50. In the last photograph, they wrapped the late pup in a soft blanket.

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    Theroux shared Dolly with his now-ex. In fact, the "Friends"actress actually named the beloved pet after Dolly Parton.

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    "I'm very touched when people have known me so long or to say that I've been an inspiration, but you really know when you've got a true fan when someone like Jennifer Aniston says, 'I named my dog Dolly Parton,'" Parton told E! News in 2017. "She's got a dog, and I said, 'Is that a compliment?'"

    Aniston and Theroux shared several rescue dogs over the course of their relationship. The two tied the knot in a top-secret wedding in 2015 and announced their split in 2018.

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    Animal experts say pets often process loss in a manner similar to humans. In a recent newsletter published by the Funeral Consumer Alliance of Maine, researcher Jessica Pierce says a growing body of research into 'animal thanatology' suggests common pets such as dogs and cats seem to share with humans many behavioral reactions to death, such as mourning and rituals of farewell, NBC affiliate WCSH reports.

    "When one of them dies and another one is left behind they often, people will report, the one left behind won't eat as much or will just seem depressed, or will walk around the house looking for their friend," Pierce says.

    (Published Thursday, June 6, 2019)