Miley Cyrus suffers heartache as beloved dog Mary Jane passes away following cancer battle

Miley Cyrus arrives at the world premiere Of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Avengers: Endgame" at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019
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Singer Miley Cyrus took to Instagram to reveal the loss of her dog, Mary Jane, who had been battling cancer for more than a year.

The Malibu songstress described Mary Jane as her ‘best friend’ and the 28-year-old had adopted the dog back in 2012. Posting to her millions of followers on Instagram, Miley revealed, ‘music is my medicine’ as she spoke of her heartbreaking loss (opens in new tab).

How did Miley Cyrus reveal the sad news?

Her recent post featured a song which Miley stated she wrote in Malibu ‘years ago on a piano in a house that no longer exists. About my dog Mary Jane who is also gone now.’

Accompanying the heartfelt song was a series of much-loved pictures of her and Mary Jane together. She wrote in her caption, ‘This song revolves around loss & heartache. Which I am currently experiencing after Mary Jane’s passing’. 

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MJ was a true queen. She wore her grace, dignity & kindness like a crown. She will never be forgotten and will forever be missed. To know her is to love her. It has been my honor being her mom and best friend’. 

As well as paying this heartfelt tribute, Miley, who is the daughter of singer Billy Ray Cyrus, had also revealed the sad news on her Instagram stories.  

Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus and Tish Cyrus attend the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019

She wrote, ‘MJ was diagnosed with cancer (opens in new tab) over a year ago…. & since then multiple types and tumors. I was told it’d be an uncertain amount of time until she’s gone. Advised to spend every second savoring her special spirit….which wasn’t anything new. I had been for 10 years’. 

On several more slides she revealed more, going on to write of how, ‘This time it was my duty to return all her favors and keep her comfortable, happy, & free of any pain for as long as possible…. she has always done that for me. She is no longer hurting but I am. That’s what love is.' 

Miley also praised how Mary Jane ‘lived by the golden rule of kindness and compassion towards all’. 

How long did Miley Cyrus have her dog Mary Jane?

Miley first adopted Mary Jane back in 2012 when she was dating her now ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. Miley’s Instagram stories described her as a 'rescued pitbull mix'. Mary Jane had been at the star’s side throughout the highs and lows of recent years. 

This includes Miley’s marriage to Liam Hemsworth (opens in new tab) in 2018 and their subsequent separation and divorce, (opens in new tab) as well as Miley’s more recent romances.

These reportedly included Australian singer Cody Simpson, model Stella Maxwell and influencer Kaitlynn Carter. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.