updated 11/22/2010 AT 3:15 PM ET
•originally published 11/22/2010 AT 4:00 PM ET
It’s never easy to say a final goodbye to a pet, but it must have been especially difficult for Kat Von D this past weekend after her cat, Valentine, perished in a fire that destroyed the tattoo artist s Los Angeles home.
“R.I.P. My little Valentine,” Von D Tweeted, along with a photo of her hairless cat taken before the tragedy. The message was met with an outpouring of support from followers.
Von D broke the news of the heartbreaking fire early Monday morning, telling the Twitter world, “My house burned down last night with my cat inside.”
She later posted a photo of herself standing amongst the charred remains of the house, writing, “In order to gain everything, you must lose everything.”
Here’s wishing Von D – who is in Canada to promote her second book, The Tattoo Chronicles – the best in her time of need.