‘Queer Eye’ Cast Members Remember Bruley, the Honorary Sixth Member of the Fab Five

Bruley, the french bulldog-guest star on Netflix’s Queer Eye, died of a heart attack. His owner, Michelle Silva, shared the announcement on Bruley’s Instagram account on Oct. 3, 2019. Now, fans and cast members of the series are sharing their messages on social media. Here’s what Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, and Antoni Porowski had to say about the honorary sixth member of the Fab Five.

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Bruley, the lovable french bulldog from ‘Queer Eye’ died at 10-years-old

It’s no surprise that the experts on Netflix’s Queer Eye love animals. Antoni Porowski is a known corgi fan, while Jonathan Van Ness has multiple cats. One animal that even Queer Eye fans fell in love with was Bruley, the french bulldog who frequently appeared on episodes of Netflix’s original series.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, Bruley’s owner shared the news that the dog died in her arms after suffering a heart attack. Fans of the show were devastated, some even sharing their condolences on social media.

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My whole heart. My love bug. My best friend. My constant. My soul mate. My everything. I brought him home when he was 9 weeks old on a rainy day in New York City. Ten years later on a rainy day in LA, he passed away in my arms on my bedroom floor. Bru had been suffering from heart problems, and an instant heart attack was a possibility. He just had too much love and heart for his physical body. It all happened so fast, but I held him as he took his last breath, and I was able to tell him I loved him the very most. I told him everyday I loved him more than anything in the world, and I reminded him of that over and over as he slipped out of this life. My best friend and boyfriend held us both. He gave me more than I could have ever given him, and I was able to thank him for allowing me to be his mom. He chose me. We got to experience so much together; he loved traveling on planes and looking out the window! He was the ultimate copilot in the car when he wasn’t dangerously sprawled out across my lap as I drove. He was so very loved by my family and friends and even “non dog people.” He mastered the “jump kiss,” and I always had to explain to people that he wouldn’t buy you dinner first, he just went in for the full make-out. In the last year of his life, he found fame! Over the course of 16 episodes of @queereye, in just a few moments on screen, you guys all got a glimpse of the Bru I knew and loved. He was hilarious, stubborn, sometimes inappropriate, and always a sucker for a snack. He was pure love. It’s been so fun capturing his spirit and sharing more with you all here. I’ve taken a few days to process and grieve and figure out what’s next. I’ve realized, I don’t want to stop sharing the best of Bru. I also want to show you a little of what it was like the last few months dealing with an ailing dog in heart failure as more and more dogs are being diagnosed with the same issues. I was so close to completing Bru’s website with long-awaited merch. I’ll get there in time. I’ve also been exploring non-profit opportunities and getting involved in bulldog rescue. There is so much Bru inspired, and it’s so much bigger than I even realized. (Cont. below)

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Bruley’s owner shared an emotional post on Instagram

This Queer Eye mascot was loved both on an off the screen by his owner, Queer Eye producer, Michelle Silva. Silva ran an Instagram account of Bruley, where the french bulldog accumulated over 290,000 followers. She announced his passing on this platform, along with an emotional letter to the Instagram followers.

“In the last year of his life, he found fame! Over the course of 16 episodes of [Queer Eye], in just a few moments on screen, you guys all got a glimpse of the Bru I knew and loved. He was hilarious, stubborn, sometimes inappropriate, and always a sucker for a snack. He was pure love,” wrote his owner.

“I’ve realized, I don’t want to stop sharing the best of Bru,” she continued, discussing his Instagram account. “I also want to show you a little of what it was like the last few months dealing with an ailing dog in heart failure as more and more dogs are being diagnosed with the same issues. I was so close to completing Bru’s website with long-awaited merch. I’ll get there in time. I’ve also been exploring non-profit opportunities and getting involved in bulldog rescue. There is so much Bru inspired, and it’s so much bigger than I even realized.”

Members of the Fab Five, including Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Antoni Porowski, shared their condolences

Queer Eye members, including Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk, shared their messages about Bruley on social media. Even the Queer Eye Twitter account wrote, “RIP to our dear Bru Bru! Each time we returned to our loft in Kansas City, you were always there to greet us, and that brought us so much joy. We hope you have an endless supply of treats to munch on.”

There were many tributes by fans of Queer Eye, from posting pictures and videos on social media to comment on Bruley’s Instagram account. Fab Five member, Antoni Porowski shared a message via his Instagram story, writing, “rest in puppy peace, because all dogs go to heaven, little one.”

Fans can see Bruley in episodes of Queer Eye, available for streaming on Netflix.