Baltze, the dog Cheems – who became viral as the ‘Dogecoin’ meme – has sadly died.
The adorable animal found internet fame in 2017 for his confused look and his love for cheeseburgers – which were referred to as ‘cheemsburgers’.
This led to him becoming the face of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
Tragucally, it has been announced that the 12-year-old dog has now died.
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In an Instagram post uploaded to Baltze’s official page, it’s been revealed that the dog passed away from a battle with cancer.
The caption reads: “Ball Ball fell asleep on 18/8.
“He fell asleep on Friday morning during his last thoracentesis surgery. Originally, we wanted to arrange chemotherapy or other possible treatment for him after this operation, but it is too late now.”
The dog’s owners pleaded with fans to not be sad as Batlze brought joy to the world.
It continues: “A Shiba Inu with a round smiling face connecting you and me, he has helped many people during the pandemic and brought a lot of joy to many of you, but now his mission has [been] completed.
“I believe he is running freely in the sky and having a lot of delicious food with his new friends. He will always be inside my heart. I hope he can continue to bring joy to everyone in the online world, that’s my only humble request.”
The statement thanks the medical staff that looked after the dog for the last six months – in particular thanking Dr Jessica and Dr Tiffancy for their work.
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“All of you have been very generous and helpful,” the statement continues.
“And I’m truly grateful to all of you, your love and support to Ball Ball is so unconditional and I found that is the purest love in the world, having Ball Ball in my life is the best thing [that] ever happened.
“The donation and brass pins money I have collected for the medical bills will be now donated to local animal charities
“Thank you, everyone, thank you, Balltze knows how much he was loved by all of you.”
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People have taken to the comments section to pay tribute to the viral animal.
One person writes: “He is a legend of the Internet world, a meme founder and now, he is immortal. Rest in love sweet Ball Ball, you were and are loved by billions all over the world.”
“RIP buddy you brought a lot of people happiness,” pens someone else.
A third adds: “Dear Ball. Thank you for everything until now. I will never forget the kindness and beauty you’ve left with me. Please rest peacefully. Thank you for all the love.”
“RIP Ball I also lost my dog on the same day,” shares another fan.
A fifth person comments: “My stomach hurts from this news, so sorry for your loss, you will be missed ball.”