The dog was 14.
Chico won hearts as Bruiser, the pet of the main character Elle Woods, during the musical’s 2007-2008 Broadway run. It was based on the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie.
« On Monday, March 11th, our beloved Chico crossed the rainbow bridge, » an Instagram caption with photos of Chico said. « His journey to the Palace Theater, where he originated the role of Bruiser Woods in LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL, began at the Associated Humane Society in Newark, NJ when he was mistakenly shown to Bill. »
According to the caption, Chico had been severely abused and was slated to be euthanized when owner William Berloni found him.
« He ‘spoke’ to Bill that day, however, and despite everyone at the shelter telling him he was the absolute wrong choice, Bill took him…if nothing else to find him the perfect forever home, » the caption said.
« Destiny intervened at a press event for LEGALLY BLONDE when the show’s director, Jerry Mitchell, fell in love with our little (Chihuahua) and declared ‘This is our Bruiser!’ »
After his Broadway run, Chico toured in regional productions before retiring from show business two years ago.
He also made appearances on the TV show « From Wags to Riches With Bill Berloni » and the MTV reality show « The Search for the Next Elle Woods. »