Kabosu dies: Shiba inu, who inspired the ‘doge’ meme and became the face of Dogecoin, has died | World News

Kabosu, the dog behind the “doge” meme and face of Dogecoin, died at the age of 18 after a battle with health issues.

Friday 24 May 2024 09:00, United Kingdom

Kabosu, the dog behind the “doge” meme, died at the age of 18 after enjoying more than a decade of internet fame.

The Japanese Shiba Inu suffered from leukemia and liver diseases.

“To everyone who loved Kabosu, on the morning of May 24, Kabosu crossed the rainbow bridge. Thank you all so much for your support over the years,” wrote Atsuko Sato, his owner, on Instagram.

“She left very calmly without suffering, as if she fell asleep while she felt the warmth of my hands caressing her.

“Thank you all so much for loving Kabosu all these years.

“I’m sure Kabosu was the happiest dog in the world. That makes me the happiest owner in the world.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has sent us so much love.”

Sato, a teacher in Japan, adopted Kabosu in 2008 when she was sent to an animal shelter after her puppy mill closed.

Kabosu became an Internet sensation when a 2010 photo of her with her legs crossed and a slight smile spread on Reddit and Tumblr.

One Reddit user referred to the image as “Doge” — the intentional misspelling of dog is a nod to a 2005 episode of Homestar Runner.

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The doge meme became popular in 2013. Colored Comic Sans text is overlaid on the photo, with broken English phrases like “Wow. That’s scary” and “What are you doing?” surrounding Kabosu.

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In 2021, the “Doge” meme was sold as a non-fungible token (NFT) for $4 million (£3.2 million).

Kabosu is also the face of the Dogecoin cryptocurrency, which was originally created as a “joke” coin and is the main sponsor of Watford Football Club.

For a few days in April, the Dogecoin logo was used as the Twitter home button icon.

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