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Schoep, who along with owner John Unger of Bayfield, Wis., was featured in an August 2012 photo that drew widespread acclaim online, is seen in June 2013 with some of the hundreds of cards wishing him well for his 20th birthday, which was June 15. Schoep died Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (Photo courtesy of John Unger)

Internet-famous dog Schoep dies at age 20

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BAYFIELD, Wis. -- Schoep, the Bayfield dog who with his owner became an Internet celebrity last year thanks to a tender photograph of the pair in the waters of Lake Superior, died Wednesday at age 20.

The news was announced Thursday afternoon on the Facebook page for Schoep and owner John Unger.

"I breathe but I can't catch my breath. ... Schoep passed yesterday," the Facebook statement read.

There was no immediate word on the circumstances of Schoep's death.

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