Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Ava Phillippe Shared Heartbreaking Family News

"Today is a tough day."

Reese Witherspoon's daughter, Ava Phillippe, has shared some devastating news — the family dog, Pepper, has passed away.

On Tuesday, she shared a series of photos of the French bulldog, writing, "Today is a tough day. Our sweet girl, Pepper, passed away last night from an aggressive cancer, which she’d been battling for months now."

Phillippe, 21, shared that although the outlook seemed positive at first, "things took a turn for the worst, and she passed peacefully, surrounded by those who love her."

"If you ever met Peps, you’d know she was such a special girl," she wrote alongside a few selfies with the dog. "She was smart, sassy, and loved cuddling. She enjoyed playing in the yard with our Labrador, Hank, and would make everyone laugh with her surprisingly speedy 'zoomies' around the house."

Witherspoon also followed up with her own post, writing, "Our sweet Pepper passed away yesterday. My goodness, she was such a loyal and devoted family member. I am so heart broken, but I am also deeply grateful for all the love and comfort she brought our family. Now she’s in dog heaven where all great pets go. Chasing tennis balls, running through open fields of wild flowers and being the Queen that she is. That’s what I believe. 🎾🌸 👑 We will always love you, Pepper."

Earlier this month, Witherspoon shared an outdoor selfie with Pepper, writing, "Pepper wanted to check in with y'all and see how everyone's doing."

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