Hugo Hammond pays tribute to ‘best friend’ following devastating loss

The Love Island star shared the heartbreaking family news on Instagram

Hugo Hammond dog dies

by Daisy Hall |
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Since his stint in the Love Island villa, Hugo Hammond has always been on hand to provide some light-hearted (and totally not cringe) TikTok and Instagram content to cheer us up.

Remember when he started rapping?

Unfortunately his most recent social media post was on the more emotional side, as he revealed that his "best friend" and family dog, Mocha, recently passed away.

Sharing a sweet selection of photos of Mocha through the years, Hugo admitted that he was struggling to cope with the loss.

He said, "Today is a sad day in the Hammond house as we said farewell to our perfect choccy lab, Mocha 🐾

"She had so much love to give and just loved being near people ❤️ Although, the worst guard dog ever as she never barked 🤣

"I’ll miss the cuddles, the walks, sunny evenings (she loved BBQs), sharing my food, her floppy ears, the vet calling her fat 🤣 and my favourite, her lovely ooglie bits under her neck.

"She loved it when we scratched the little gap between her paws, she would always stick her tongue out and roll over. Loved chewing bottles, entertained her for hours and when she was naughty (and small enough) she would run behind the sofa and try get away with it haha!"

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Chloe Burrows

Chloe may have caught all the boys' attentions as evidenced in a recent explosive episode, but you can see she's always been a stunner from this uni halls pic taken way back in 2015.

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Faye Winter

Faye has certainly nailed this classic Instapose in this snap from 2019 - the hair, tan and Adidas bodysuit are all on point and a sign of things to come.

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Brad McClellan

A quick glance over Brad's insta and it's clear he uses it primarily to document his fitness journey. This snap from 2017 is from before it all began.

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Kaz Kamwi

Kaz was already a fashion blogger before she entered the Love Island villa, and so her first photo is appropriately professional looking (boo).

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Jake Cornish

Finally, a properly old photo! You can tell that Jake was already going to the gym when this photo was taken with a mate back in 2013.

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PS. Enjoy this bonus pic of baby Jake with none other than footballer Wayne Rooney.

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Hugo Hammond

When he was a teenager, Hugo played Cricket for England's Physical Disability team.

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Hugo Hammond

PS. Baby Hugo for your viewing pleasure x

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Aaron Francis

Like Kaz, Aaron was already trying his hand as an influencer before he signed up to Love Island and so most of his photos are pretty glossy, but scroll down far enough and we found this photo of him seemingly winning an arm wrestle against Somoan Rugby Union player Many Tuilangi.

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Toby Aromolaran

Toby's not giving anything away with this sultry selfie from 2018, other than perhaps that he's heading off on his holidays, judging by his passport and boarding pass. He doesn't look that excited about it though, does he?

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Sharon Gaffka

In case you missed it, Sharon used to compete in beauty pageants and was Miss UK 2018. Here she is from the Galaxy pageant that same year.

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Liberty Poole

It looks like Liberty has always been a big fan of the finer things in life - as well as a blonde hair extension or two - judging from this snap with a pal from 2019.

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Liam Reardon

Viewers couldn't believe that Liam was only 21 when he entered the villa, but here's proof that Liam looked 30 way back in 2018 (regular teenaged boy for reference).

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Rachel Finni

This photo of Rach taken on a night out was posted in 2017 but captioned, "2 Years Ago ud83dude2b#CanILookLikeThisAgainPlease", so we can assume it's from way back in 2015.

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Millie Court

Proving she's always been a fan of posing up a storm in a bikini, we're majorly jeal of Millie's 2018 holiday to Cannes. Ahh, holidays - remember those?

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Lucinda Strafford

Right, we can't actually believe this 2018 photo of bombshell Lucinda - have Love Island checked her I.D.? Is she old enough to be on the show?

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He continued, "She always sat on the stairs in the strangest way, it always made me laugh 😂 in the evenings she would do the rounds between all 4 of us and cuddle up on our feet or poke her little nose on our laps, she was so loved!

"Mostly, I’ll just miss having my best friend around for a chat and a cuddle. The good days, the bad days (there have been plenty), she knew when I was sad and was still there wagging her tail letting me know everything is going to be ok and for that, I’ll never be more grateful.

"I’ll miss you choccy, rest easy pup x"

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Luckily, Hugo's fans and friends were on hand to offer their support with Sharon Gaffka saying, "RIP Mocha 🤎" whilst Liam Reardon said, "Sending love my bro 🖤".

Even Hugo's former love rival, Chuggs Wallis sent well wishes to him commenting, "Sending lots of love ❤️"

It's always hard when a beloved pet dies, so if you've been struggling recently like Hugo, check out Blue Cross' Pet Bereavement service.

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