Mumbai: With a very heavy heart, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray bid final goodbye to his pet dog named James on Tuesday. James, belonged to the Great Dane breed and breathed his last on June 28 after prolonged illness due to his age. A formal farewell ceremony was also organised for ‘James’ as the MNS chief along with his family paid an emotional tribute with full honour. An emotion-filled video of Thackeray paying his last tributes to his beloved James is now making rounds on the internet. The last rites of the Great Dane was held near the Camp Office of the Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries University in Nagpur.Also Read - Marathi Actress Ketaki Chitale Arrested For Derogatory Post on Sharad Pawar. Read All About The Row Here

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As per reports, Thackeray is said to be very shocked and sad by the demise of James who was seen with the MNS supremo in many of his photos. Thackeray also took James along with him on a number of tours. Raj Thackeray is known to be an ardent dog lover and at one point in his life, he had 6 dogs out of which 3 were of the Great Dane breed.

Earlier in 2018, Thackeray’s first Great Dane dog named ‘Bond’ died a natural, age-related death at the age of 12. In August 2015, Bond had made headlines after it bit Thackeray’s wife Sharmila on her face. Sharmila had to undergo emergency surgery and received 65 stitches post that incident.