Grandpa Who Ate Paint Thinking It Was Yoghurt Has Died

Paint Grandpa, the man who became a meme after eating paint thinking it was yoghurt, has died aged 91.
Credit: Alex Stein/X

Paint Grandpa, the man who became a meme after eating paint thinking it was yoghurt, has died.

Bobby went viral in 2019 after his granddaughter Alex Stein posted a picture of him with paint around his mouth and a half-empty paint tub.

She shared the now-famous images alongside the unforgettable caption: “Sooo my grandpa ate half a quart of paint today thinking it was yoghurt.”

Aged 90 at the time, Bobby’s stomach was said to be completely ‘unfazed’ by the legendary incident.

Tragically, his granddaughter Alex has now confirmed in a post on Instagram that the viral sensation has passed away.

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The heartbreaking statement, which was shared alongside a compilation of emotional videos and pictures of Bobby, reads: “Today [November 3] would’ve been Bobby’s 92nd birthday. 

“For those who don’t know, he passed away peacefully in his sleep this June. 

“And though he’s missed tremendously, he really did live a long, happy, healthy and fulfilling life as a doctor, musician, father, and grandfather. 

“He loved nothing more than to make people laugh, so having the internet as his audience truly meant the world to him. 

“Huge thanks to everyone who’s supported Bobby boy over the years — I’m confident you guys will keep his legend alive.”


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Tributes have since been pouring in for Bobby. 

One comment on the statement reads: “RIP Bobby the GOAT. 

“Core memory of my teen years was watching the videos of him being posted, always made me laugh and smile.”

Another fan adds: “I was JUST thinking about him too. He definitely left his mark and he was loved so much! 

“Thank you for all the laughs and smiles Bobby. You’ll never be forgotten, silly paint-eating old man. Rest in peace.”

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Another says: “Thank you for sharing him with us. We can tell how greatly he was loved by his family. He may be gone but the laughs he gave to the world will exist forever.”

“His paint incident was trending recently and I wondered where he’d been… Long live the Bobby legacy,” someone else writes.

“He would have loved to see everyone dressing up as him for Halloween this year,” another shares.

Grandpa Paint
Paint Grandpa – aka Bobby – has sadly died. Credit: @itsbobbybiiiiii*ch/Instagram

The viral Paint Grandpa meme recently had a resurgence in popularity after a TikToker dressed as him for Halloween.

TikToker @princesspeyto1 posted a video showing herself dressed up as Paint Grandpa for a college party on October 22 – but was disappointed that no one understood the reference. 


🙁 #halloween #halloweencostume #paintgrandpa

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The video gained more than eight million views and 800,000 likes in three days.

Many more TikTokers followed suit – sharing their own versions of the legendary meme.

Bobby set up an Instagram account to document his antics after going viral in 2019. 

His bio reads: “Retired psychiatrist, yoghurt connoisseur and your grandma’s favourite meme.”

Before his death, Bobby’s granddaughter Alex said her grandad was obsessed with yoghurt. 

“When I say he loves yoghurt, he LIVES for yoghurt. My mom buys at least seven quarts of vanilla Danon yoghurt a week.

“My grandpa has always loved entertaining people. He doesn’t care whether people are laughing with him or at him.”

RIP Bobby.

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Written by Millicent Cooke

Millicent is editorial lead at IGV and specialises in sourcing the best viral, entertainment and celebrity news. She studied Multimedia Journalism at London South Bank University before entering the world of local newspapers. From there, she catapulted through the realms of journalism, making stops at BBC News, LADbible Group, Daily Star and The Mirror.