Kabosu, the famous meme dog, has died

Kabosu, the famous meme dog, has died
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Pour one out Friday for Kabosu, arguably the most famous dog on the Internet.

The “doge” has died at 18.

The rescued Shiba Inu not only became a meme star thanks to her suspicious expression, but a meme unto herself when the former shelter dog became the face of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin.

The dog’s owner, Atsuko Sato, posted on social media Friday that her famous four-legged friend had “crossed the rainbow bridge” at her home in Sakura, Japan. In a poetic blog post, Sato noted, “While being stroked by me/Like sleep/[She] passed away softly.”

According to the crypto site Coinjournal, Dogecoin’s price fell over 5% to $0.1535 following the news of the dog’s death.

The coin’s official X account noted in part, “The impact this one dog has made across the world is immeasurable. She was a being who knew only happiness and limitless love. Please keep her spirit and her family in your heart, and most importantly carry her with you as your story continues – we are all fortunate for hers to have touched and shaped ours.”

A farewell party for the pooch is scheduled for May 26 in Narita City, Japan.

In 2021, Kabosu’s image on an NFT sold for $4 million, a record for a meme-based non-fungible token.

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