In a month that has seen the deaths of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and several other celebrities, one more has been added to the list. Gidget, the Chihuahua who became famous selling Mexican food for the Taco Bell chain, passed away due to a stroke.
In Washington, a moment of silence was observed in both the House and Senate Chambers. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued an official statement that said "just hearing the words Yo quiero Taco Bell will never be the same."
Flags will fly at half mast for the next month and world leaders from all over the globe are expected to fly to Los Angeles for the funeral (both Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be in attendance).
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said that "with this death, I am now the leading Hispanic in this country, except for Bill Richardson who is still on the outs with this administration."
Taco Bell announced that all food products will include twice the meat on Friday in honor of the death. A company spokesman estimated that this will cost the company "about twelve bucks nationwide."
Gidget left a will stating that she wished to be cremated. Her ashes will mixed in with red paint and then used on a fire hydrant near the studio where she shot her famous commercials.
The famous canine spokesdog did become an American Citizen and was a full blooded Chihuahua and member of the American Kennel Club. "Unlike one of the people who will be attending the funeral, this dog has the papers to prove her birth," said Wanda Jacobsen of the AKC.