OTSEGO, Mich. (ABC News) -- Zeus, the Great Dane who held the Guinness World Record for being the world's tallest dog, has died.
The dog, whom owner Kevin Doorlag of Otsego, Michigan, described as a "gentle giant," stood 44 inches tall and was 7-foot-4 when he stood on his hind legs.
Zeus died Sept. 3, just shy of his 6th birthday, Doorlag told ABC News Thursday.
Doorlag's family got Zeus when he was 8 weeks old.
"We got him from this couple that had had a litter … and we went and looked at him and fell in love with him," Doorlag, who works as a veterinary technician, said.
Zeus was a certified therapy dog who visited people in a nearby hospital, Doorlag said.
"He'd sit on people's laps. I loved to see people's reactions when he'd sit down," Doorlag said. "He just seemed to want to make people smile and happy and … he was just a very sweet dog."