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New Jersey Dog Once Crowned World’s Ugliest Dies

Elwood The Dog Became Inspiration For Children's Book
A Chihuahua named Elwood sits with his tongue out before the start of the 20th Annual Ugliest Dog Competition June 20, 2008 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.   (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Chihuahua named Elwood sits with his tongue out before the start of the 20th Annual Ugliest Dog Competition June 20, 2008 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SEWELL, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey canine that was crowned the world’s ugliest dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children’s book preaching acceptance has died.

The dog, named Elwood, was 8.

His owner, Karen Quigley, said the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly Thanksgiving morning. The Sewell resident said Elwood had been dealing with some heath issues in recent months but appeared to be doing well.

Elwood was dark-colored and hairless — save for a puff of white fur resembling a Mohawk on his head. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda, or E.T., for his resemblance to those famous science-fiction characters.

Elwood won his crown at the annual ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair in Petaluma, Calif., a year after he had finished second.

He was photographed with his tongue hanging out before the start of the competition.

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