Bo, the beloved former first dog and member of the Obama family, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. Former first lady Michelle Obama posted a heartfelt message to social media, and former President Barack Obama followed with the same.

Bo was a Portuguese water dog given to the Obamas from the late Senator Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who was a big supporter of Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. The canine became a member of the Obama family in 2009 as the family settled into the White House.

Michelle Obama wrote that Saturday afternoon "was a difficult one for our family."

"We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer," the former first lady wrote.

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