Maria Menounos Hit With Sudden Death In Family

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Feb. 6 2018, Published 2:20 p.m. ET

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Maria Menounos is mourning the loss of a loved one, has learned.

After a challenging 2017 surviving her own brain tumor and supporting her mother, who is battling Stage 4 brain cancer, Menounos shared the devastating news that one of her beloved dogs has died.

The former E! host took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking story that her first dog, Baby, passed away while she was in Minnesota hosting an event at Super Bowl LII. Menounos explained her husband, Keven Undergaro had to make the decision to put Baby to sleep without her.

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Menounos, 39, said she's "still processing the sad news."

The SiriusXM radio host then shared a series of images of her and Baby. She explained she had Baby for almost 18 years – and it wasn't until the last few years that she got sick.

"She fought until the last moment," Menounos wrote on the photo sharing platform. "Before her 16th she had severe pancreatitis & her kidneys were failing. Keven spent everyday at the Vet w/ her on his chest while he worked from his computer."

Menounos wed Undergaro on New Year's Eve. She explained the couple turned to Baby for comfort in dark times.

"Baby I will never forget you my little angel, thank you for the laughs, the kisses (yours were always my favorite) and for fighting to stick around long enough for me to heal from surgery & Marry Your daddy," Menounos wrote in a touching caption.

In July 2017, Menounos revealed that she underwent a surgery to remove a brain tumor. Shortly after, she announced her departure from E!.

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Menounos was open with her fans throughout her recovery. The former TV host shared a post-brain surgery video six months after getting the tumor removed.

Menounos revealed in November 2017 that another one of her dogs, Benjamin, could potentially have a brain tumor.

"Get this my vet & I spoke today as she thinks he could also have a brain tumor," Menounos explained. "Now wouldn't that be crazy…praying my baby feels better."

Menounos, 39, concluded that she'll continue celebrating Baby's life.

"There's a hole in my heart," she wrote on Instagram, "however I really want to shift the tears to celebrating her amazing life."

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