Mystery solved in death of legendary Japanese dog

FILE - In this April 8, 2009 file photo, people take photos of a bronze statue of Japanese Akita dog "Hachi" during the 74th memorial service for the dog, intimately called Hachiko, in front of Shibuya railway station in Tokyo. He was rumored to have swallowed a chicken skewer that ruptured his stomach. But veterinarians examining his innards said Wednesday, March 2, 2011 that Hachiko had terminal cancer. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, FILE)

March 2, 2011 6:17:56 AM PST
Scientists have settled a decades-old mystery by naming a cause of death for Japan's most famous dog, Hachiko, whose legendary loyalty was immortalized in a Hollywood movie starring Richard Gere.