APOPKA, FL (WCMH) — The pooch that portrayed “Duke” the golden retriever in Bush’s Baked Beans commercials has died.
The canine actor, whose real name is Sam, died last week according to a Facebook post by a name named David Odom, who is a friend of Sam’s trainer. Odom said Sam had been suffering from an aggressive cancer.
Bush’s Beans confirmed the passing of the “spokesdog” in a post on Facebook:
“While Sam has not worked with us in years, we are saddened by the news of his passing and are grateful to have had him depict Duke,” the company wrote on Facebook. “Because Duke is iconic to BUSH’S and so adored by our fans, we will continue to use him in our ads.”