Gidget the Taco Bell dog at the "Cats & Dogs" premiere in Westwood, CA on June 23, 2001.<br>Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.com
Us Magazine Gidget, the famed Chihuahua who appeared in Taco Bell ads, died Tuesday at the age of 15.
Karen McElhatton, Gidget's owner, tells Usmagazine.com
the dog was with her trainer, Sue Chipperton, watching television when she began making "strange noises" and suffered a stroke.
Before the dog's death, "She had a good day and was running around as normal," McElhatton tells Usmagazine.com
. "We're happy that she was very well off right until the end."See other famous Hollywood chihuahuas
Gidget -- whose "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" spots debuted in September 1997 -- also had a cameo in Legally Blonde 2
, in addition to appearing in other TV spots.
We enjoyed working with Gidget, and she will be missed by many," a Taco Bell spokesperson tells Us
in a statement. "Our deepest sympathies go out to her owners and fans."
The dog had an exceptionally happy life, her owner says.
"She lived like a queen," McElhatton tells Us
. "She had a great life. We're very sad. She's a wonderful little dog."