Modern Family’s ‘Stella’ Died Shortly After Filming Series Final

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
It’s a sad day as fans of Modern Family’s beloved French Bulldog, Stella, learn that she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

A French Bulldog beauty named Beatrice, who is most famously known as Modern Family’s “Stella” passed away earlier this month. Her passing was not long after the series finale episode was filmed.

The character of Stella was introduced in the second season of the hit show, initially played by a dog named Bridgette. In the fourth season, Beatrice took over, and finished up as Stella all the way to the show’s finale, filmed in February.

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On the show Stella was the pampered pooch of family patriarch Jay Pritchett, played by Ed O’Neill. It took his character a bit of time to warm up to Stella, but once he did, they were inseparable.

Beatrice’s co-owner Steve Solomon said that O’Neill was just as in love with her in real life as he was on the show. He said he’d always give treats to Stella and made sure her comfort was taken into consideration.

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Behind the scenes with Beatrice on the set to celebrate You know her as Stella!

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O’Neill wasn’t alone in his love for Beatrice, as co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson shared a touching tribute to her, wishing her peace and telling the world how much she was loved.

Rest In Peace sweet Beatrice. We love you so much 😭

— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) March 15, 2020

Modern Family was not Beatrice’s only dog gig. She’s also appeared in commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts, Chase Bank and the shows “Workaholics” and “The Kominsky Method.” Representatives from her agency, the Good Dog Animals agency often use rescue and strays for their canine actors, but Beatrice was specifically sought for particular roles.

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No cause of death has been given for Beatrice’s demise, and she passed just days after the show’s two-part finale was filmed in late February. That show is scheduled to air on April 8.

Rest in peace, sweet Beatrice! Your family and fans will miss you!

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