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Serena Williams had to say a tearful goodbye to the love of her life earlier today.

After 16 wonderful years together, Serena has lost her dog Jackie. The tennis pro knew that the end was near as she posted a video online of her snuggling with the pooch this morning.

“I just want to share this with everyone ’cause she’s getting old and she’s really struggling and she means the world to me,” Serena said as she fought back tears. “She’s made my life better.”

Just a few short hours later, Jackie was gone. Serena paid tribute to her with a collage on Instagram.

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Today really is hard for me. My special friend in which I got at 17 (2 weeks before I won my very first Grand Slam) left me today. She was 16 years young and up until a few days ago was still sprinting. Her poor body gave out this morning and she had a way of telling me it was time for me to be brave and let her go. With my dad by my side we were able to say a loving goodbye. She was with me from 1999 until today and I miss her so much. I got out of the shower this afternoon and she was not there to lick my leg as she always did everyday to remind me how much she loved me. I feel so lucky to have such a special friend. Give your dog, cat, pet a big hug. #breakingheart #bff Jackie Baila Pete Williams I will miss you and your memory will live forever.

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“My special friend in which I got at 17 (2 weeks before I won my very first Grand Slam) left me today,” Serena wrote in the caption. “She was 16 years young and up until a few days ago was still sprinting. Her poor body gave out this morning and she had a way of telling me it was time for me to be brave and let her go.”

She added, “With my dad by my side we were able to say a loving goodbye. She was with me from 1999 until today and I miss her so much.”

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