There’s some sad news to relay to “Game of Thrones” fans: Odin, the Inuit dog who played Bran Stark’s direwolf, Summer, has died.
TMZ reports that Odin (seen in the photo above, held by actor Isaac Hempstead Wright) passed away after being diagnosed with mouth cancer in November.
The dog’s owners, who first got Odin when he was just seven weeks old, revealed the news in an Instagram post on Thursday.
“We can all take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalized in the great TV show Game of Thrones as Summer Bran Stark’s Direwolf Pup in Season 1 episode 1,” the dog’s family wrote in the caption.
“It’s an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many peoples hearts,” the post continued. “He was always fond of the beach and his favourite treats which he had almost everyday before his passing.”
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Our family are at immense heartbreak to announce that Odin passed away early this morning. It’s difficult to put into words how this has impacted us as a family for Odin lead a life like no other dog. Odin was a family member first and we got him when he was a pup at 7 weeks old all we wanted were big dogs to take hiking and to sleep at our feet in the evening beside the fire, everything after that was a bonus. Odins passing marks the end of a decade and the end of an era as he taught our friends and family a lot of lessons about life for one dog he has more stories to tell than some people would. Odin has far too many achievements to announce in this post but just look at our social media pages over the past 5 years and see. We can all take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalised in the great TV Show Game of Thrones as Summer Bran Starks Direwolf Pup in Season 1 episode 1 . To everyone that was lucky enough to meet him and put a smile on your face please remember that moment. It’s an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many peoples hearts. He was always fond of the beach and his favourite treats which he had almost everyday before his passing. He was met with further illness as the week continued and the vets did everything they could to keep him going but he passed away in his sleep. We are incredibly grateful for the donations made towards Odin treatment and we will use what is needed to pay his vet bill and we will donate the rest between our favourite dog charities the donations will help further dogs in need at this tough time. If you have photos or videos or stories about Odin then please send them or share them with us. Please understand we will try reply to all your messages at this very difficult time in our lives.