Celebrated Canadian racing driver Devlin DeFrancesco has been thrown into mourning following the death of his beloved Golden Retriever puppy named Lucky.
On Sunday, January 28, DeFrancesco took to X, formerly Twitter, to share the heartbreaking news alongside a close-up photo of the precious pup. Motorsports fans from all over the world continue to send their condolences to the grieving racing driver.
Devlin DeFrancesco’s puppy dies ahead of Daytona event
Sadly, the dog’s death occurred at a crucial point in DeFrancesco’s career.
The former Euroformula Open Race champion was set to compete in the 24 Hours of Daytona this past weekend. According to Essentially Sports, DeFrancesco had traveled with Lucky to Florida ahead of the event. They were both staying at the driver’s motorhome when tragedy struck.
Unfortunately, Lucky died just before DeFrancesco’s highly-anticipated race day. Despite the loss, an emotional DeFrancesco still took part in the event in honor of his cherished canine companion, whom he adopted back in September 2023.
Breaking the news to his followers, the racing driver tweeted: “Rest in peace Lucky you’ll always have a special place in my heart.”
Reacting to the devastating news, one X user wrote: “That is awful. Thank you for sharing. Condolences to @DevlinDeFran no one should have to deal with that.”
Another shared: “His girlfriend just posted a video with that dog a few days ago. All love from my family to Devlin and Co. Awful to hear.”
A third person reacted: “Poor Lucky. And Devlin I am so sorry.”
How did Devlin DeFrancesco’s puppy die
At the time of publishing, the real cause of DeFrancesco’s puppy has yet to be officially confirmed. However, it’s alleged that Lucky was struck and killed by a car at the motorhome lot.
A tweet shared by Journalist Jenna Fryer read: “Devlin DeFrancesco’s golden retriever puppy was run over and killed in the motorhome lot.”
In a separate tweet, Fryer further shared: “It was in the motorhome lot. Which means someone authorized to be driving a car in the lot was involved. I’ve asked for a statement from the other party involved.”