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Shiba Inu Dog Dead, Dogecoin Inspired Logo

So sad: Kabosu, the real-life Shiba Inu that was the basis for the popular Internet meme “doge” — and became the face on the logo of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin — has died. She was 18.

“On the morning of May 24, Kabosu crossed the rainbow bridge. Thank you all so much for your support over the years,” said its owner, Atsuko Sato, in an Instagram post. “She went very quietly without suffering, as if falling asleep feeling the warmth of my hands caressing her.” Kabosu's death was confirmed by email from the New York Times.

According to the site Know Your Meme, the Doge meme featured Shiba Inus in pictures that “can be photoshopped to change the dog's face or captioned with inner monologues in the Comic Sans font. The main meme and iconography associated with Doge was a Shiba Inu named Kabosu, whose photos taken by her owner Atsuko Sato in early 2010 went viral on the Internet. According to the site, the use of the misspelled word “doge” to refer to a dog dates back to June 24, 2005, when it was mentioned in an episode of the puppet show Homestar Runner.

Fans of the doge meme and Dogecoin included multi-billionaire Elon Musk – who temporarily changed the logo of X, the social network formerly known as Twitter, to the Dogecoin icon. Blockchain and the Dogecoin cryptocurrency were created as a joke in 2013 to mock other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

On Friday, Musk posted a meme showing Kabosu being hugged by an angel-winged Harambe (the deceased Cincinnati Zoo gorilla that also became an internet meme). “OG Doge has ascended to heaven to be with him [her] friend Harambe,” wrote Musk.

Dogecoin's official X account commemorated the death of the world-famous Shiba Inu in a post on Friday. “Today Kabosu, the friend and common inspiration of our community, passed peacefully in the arms of her person. The impact this dog has made around the world is immeasurable. She was a being who knew only happiness and boundless love,” it said.

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