Gardeners’ World host Monty Don, 65, said he still gets letters from fans regarding the death of his dog Nigel. The much-loved golden retriever, who was often seen on his show, died in May 2020. In a recent interview, the broadcaster said he and his family were “astounded” by the reaction to his death.
He had a rare quality of innocence and magnificence
“Everything there was to share was out there, so you knew Nigel as well as I did, and that was really the point,” he said.
“He was everybody’s dog, because everybody got all of him.”
Nigel’s passing made the headlines and fans flocked to social media to send their condolences.
“I still get letters now,” the Gardener’s World star added to The Times.
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Gardeners’ World host Monty Don was inundated with supportive messages after Nigel’s death
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Monty Don paid tribute to his late dog Nigel a year on from his death
“It was the Diana syndrome, really. He became a symbol.
“And it was of innocence and safety and this kind of unqualified love that everybody has for their pets, which was shared nationally.”
The presenter added there “was something rather noble about” Nigel, who had a “rare quality of innocence and magnificence”.
Monty paid tribute to his late dog a year on from his death on Twitter this week.
Monty Don, with wife Sarah, said his family were ‘astonished’ by the reaction to Nigel’s death
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Nigel was seen resting on his owner’s path gazing over at something off camera.
The father-of-three wrote: “This picture of Nigel was taken a year ago and then he died a few hours later.
“I believe his life was good to the very end.”
Many of his 227,000 Twitter followers flocked to his post to comment.
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One commented: “What a lovely dog, I’ve just lost my Molly aged 17 and a half years old.
“I feel lost without her following me around.”
A second added: “Oh Monty… run free Nigel across the beautiful gardens over the rainbow bridge.”
Monty is also the owner of dogs Nellie and Patti.
Last year, the presenter revealed how the former cheated death by just millimetres.
Nellie had been chasing a stick when she impaled herself on it and speared her throat.
The presenter said the stick had just missed her arteries
He went on to warn others about the dangers of throwing sticks for dogs.
Gardeners’ World continues tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.
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