Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua, was euthanized after suffering a massive stroke on July 21, 2009
Gidget the Chihuahua, the bug-eyed, big-eared star of 1990s Taco Bell commercials who was a diva on and off the screen, has died. She was 15. Gidget was euthanized after suffering a massive stroke on July 21, 2009
Gidget’s owner Karin McElhatton and also the owner of Studio Animal Services in Castaic, said Gidget had to be euthanized.” Although she was hard of hearing, Gidget was otherwise in good health up to the day of her death, eating well and playing with her favorite squeaky toys at the home of trainer Sue Chipperton,” McElhatton said.
In a 1997 Gidget was seen as a male dog in Taco Bell television commercial, who through the magic of special effects and a voice actor, proclaims in a richly accented voice: “Yo quiero Taco Bell” — Spanish for “I want Taco Bell.”
In later years, she did other acting work, appearing in a 2002 commercial for the insurance company GEICO and in the 2003 movie “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.”
Gidget will be cremated but her owners had not decided on a final disposition of her remains.
Below are some of Gidget’s photos: