A horse adopted by former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey has died, just weeks after the couple took possession of the animal.
"It is with the deepest sadness that we share with you that dearest, sweetest Lily passed away yesterday," a Facebook post published Monday by the couple's New Jersey farm said. "She went peacefully surrounded by so many that loved her.
"We stroked her hair and told her over and over again how loved and special she was. She was under her favorite tree on soft grass," the post continued. "She will live on in our hearts and in our fight to protect, love and cherish all animals."
The mare, who was estimated to be 20 to 25 years old, was found malnourished and covered in paint spatters.
While some reports indicated that Lily had been pelted with round fired from a paintball gun. However, Doreen Weston, the purported previous owner of the horse, told a different story. Weston claimed that her horse had been used by children for finger-painting during a birthday party. She also cast doubt on whether Lily was her horse, suggesting that she had gotten rid of a different horse.
"We've done that for years, put paint on the horse. She loved it. The kids love it," Weston said. "It's not toxic. It's fingerpaint. Then we would put her out in the pasture and it would wash off. If it got shot with a paintball gun, that was done somewhere else."
Long before he became a household name, Jon Stewart broke onto the scene as an MTV host with his own show. In 1993, the funny guy cut his teeth on "The John Stewart Show," a late-night show with a variety of celebrity guests and a fun opening monologue. His style was very 90s and a little couture immature. In his early days, Stewart regularly hit the town in hoodies and T-shirts and sported dark, curly locks.
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In the 90s, Stewart was also very fond of the leather jacket, T-shirt and jeans look. The dark-haired comedian had a sit down with fellow late-night host Conan O'Brien in 1993 and sans a few gray hairs, the pair look strikingly similar to how they look now. Photo by: Lesly Weiner/NBCU Photo Bank
Rumors swirled that the young comedian was romancing supermodel Cindy Crawford in the 90s. The pair were spotted all gussied up in 1994 at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
In 1995, Stewart met up with singer Jon Bon Jovi. At the time, the New York City native was still sticking to fashion basics like T-shirts. Are you sensing a trend here? (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
It's love! Stewart, who wrapped "The Jon Stewart Show" on MTV in 1995, snuggled up to girlfriend Tracy McShane in 1996 at an HBO party. The pair were reportedly set up by a production assistant and clearly couldn't keep their hands off each other during their young romance -- which definitely had staying power. They wed four years after this photo was taken. Perhaps she liked his favorite blue T-shirt as much as he did. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Liaison)
Stewart was a rising star in the late 90s -- and as his fame continued to grow, so did his fashion choices. Enter the era of Jon Stewart in more formal attire. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
In 1999, Stewart attended the GQ Magazine Of The Year Awards on October 21, 1999, and posed alongside actor Michael J. Fox. During this year, Stewart co-produced several movies like "The Daily View" and "The Daily Show Summer Spectacular."
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Look who is getting gussied up now! Stewart looked dapper in a tux at the 1999 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, despite the fact that it seemed to be a bit big for him. His famous locks were just showing the first signs of a little salt and pepper. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
By 1999, Stewart and his now peppered locks, were center stage on Comedy Central's, "The Daily Show." The TV regular replaced Craig Kilborn when he left the show. Naturally, he brought his comedic edge and political prowess to the host seat and a hit was literally born overnight. For his big show, Stewart also stepped up his fashion game and fully traded in his T-shirts for slim-fit suits and well-selected ties. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Although, he wasn't always suited up. In 2002, the funny guy ditched his clothes in order to host the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Recognize these two funny faces? Stewart stopped by "Saturday Night Live" in 2002 for a memorable skit with Amy Poehler, where the pair spoofed Mel Gibson. There's no real "fashion moment" here unless you count army greens.
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Pretty much everyone fell victim to the political pundit's funny antics -- including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was all smiles during her 2003 appearance on "The Daily Show." More importantly, Stewart's attire -- dark suit, red tie, crisp white shirt, peppery locks -- became his go-to look for basically the next 10 years. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for The Daily Show)
Back to basics! In 2008, a low-key Stewart was spotted goofing around with his son Nathan at a New York Knicks game. Stewart channeled his younger self in a classic T-shirt. His son, also seems to be inheriting his style. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Stewart clearly understands the power of a red tie during a political interview. For his final sit down with President Barack Obama, Stewart rocked his signature look -- dark suit and a red tie. Some fashion habits really do die hard -- but we aren't complaining. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)