Kid Cudi has lost his best friend. In an emotional Instagram post shared Tuesday (Aug. 24), Cudi revealed that his dog of 11 years, Freshie, recently died.
“I got some sad news yall. Freshie is gone,” Cudi wrote in the lengthy caption alongside a series of sweet photos and videos of the pooch. “He left us a few days ago peacefully at home surrounded by people that love him. His family. I held his hand and whispered in his ear to let him know I was there while he slipped away. I told him he was a special boy, my best friend, that he was perfect and that I loved him and Ill miss him so so much. I felt his heart stop beating and felt his last breath. Fresh has been in my life since 2010.”
In the remembrance, Cudi told his followers that he never intended to have a dog, but after securing a role on HBO’s How to Make It In America, Cudi got Freshie to help make himself feel comfortable, as walking dogs was a crucial part of his character, Domingo Brown.
“I had no previous interactions w dogs prior, other than giving one a pet if my friends had one at their place. I was truly nervous around dogs and I wanted to be comfortable onset w them so it felt legit. Like I was Domingo Dean, the dog walker/weed dealer,” Cudi explained. “After I got Freshie, I was wayyy more comfortable w the dogs onset. It worked. But at the time I had no idea I would have such a best friend in my life. He’s been here for 11 years, and my life has been one hell of a rollercoaster this whole time.”
“The Scotts” rapper also detailed how Freshie was his “guardian angel” and source of comfort, explaining how his beloved dog stopped him from hurting himself. “Nights Id want to cut myself, Id see Freshie and I couldnt do it,” Cudi shared, noting how the dog would stare at him as if to say “put the knife down.”
Now, with Freshie having crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Cudi said that his life will be “more empty” without his four-legged pal. “I am a complete mess,” he confessed, sharing how as soon as he wakes up, his first waking thought is of his best friend. “I cry at random moments of the day.”
“Ill miss u everyday for as long as live. Ur w my dad now. And I better see u on the other side man,” Cudi concluded. “U better run up and give me so much love. Im lookin forward to it. I love you forever Mr Freshly. Til we meet on the other side my beautiful special boy.”
See Kid Cudi’s touching tribute to Freshie below:
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