According to a PeoplePets.com exclusive, Gidget, one of the Taco Bell Chihuahuas, died from a stroke. She was 15 years old.
Though the dog made Taco Bell cool again, it was not without its problems. Throughout its run, the dog was the target of criticism from Hispanic groups, who accused the Yum Brands unit of trafficking in stereotypes. And in June 2003, a federal jury ordered Taco Bell to pay $30.2 million (plus another $11 million in interest) to two men who accused the restaurant company of stealing their idea for a marketing mascot and icon.