By EW Staff
February 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

With Oscar night approaching, Mickey Rourke’s comeback might be the buzz around town. But, this story would not have been possible without Rourke’s closest companions by his side — his chihuahuas. Sadly, Rourke confirmed to TMZ that his 18-year old dog Loki passed away at 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Loki (pictured) had been frequently photographed with her owner and gained her own share of the spotlight when Rourke thanked his dogs during his Golden Globe speech, “Sometimes when a man is alone, all you got is your dog, and they meant the world to me.”

Rourke compared Loki to a “giant Xanax” and said that she joined him on all his travels. In a statement released by his publicist today he said, “Loki is deeply missed but with me in spirit. I feel very blessed that she fell asleep peacefully in my arms.”

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