Shiba Inu, who became the face of dogecoin, dies at 18

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Kabosu, the beloved Shiba Inu who inspired the iconic “Doge” meme and the Dogecoin cryptocurrency, passed away peacefully at the age of 18 on Friday, according to his owner Atsuko Sato.

Key points:

  • Kabosu rose to fame in 2010 thanks to a viral photo posted on Sato’s blog.

  • The Doge meme, characterized by humorous captions in Comic Sans font, led to the creation of the dogecoin cryptocurrency.

  • Kabosu’s legacy includes significant charitable contributions and a lasting impact on internet culture, with a statue in his honor and widespread support from his fans.

The details:

  • Kabosu was adopted by Sato, a kindergarten teacher, in 2008 after being rescued from an animal shelter. He became an internet sensation in 2010 after Sato posted a photo of her with her legs crossed and a bewildered expression.

  • The image sparked the “Doge” meme, characterized by humorous and grammatically incorrect captions in the Comic Sans font. The meme’s popularity has spread to corporate promotions, weather apps, and even government agencies.

  • Kabosu’s image finally became the face of dogecoin, a cryptocurrency created in 2013 as a joke. A photograph of the Shiba Inu also sold as an NFT for $4 million, reflecting its widespread influence.

  • The dog suffered of leukemia and liver disease in late 2022. In an Instagram post shared on Friday, Sato wrote:

“To all who loved Kabosu,

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On the morning of May 24, Kabosu crossed the rainbow bridge. Thank you all so much for your support over the years.

She left very calmly without suffering, as if she fell asleep while feeling 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.

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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.”

  • A Kabosu statue valued at $100,000 was unveiled in his hometown of Sakura, Japan, in November of last year. His legacy includes significant charitable donations facilitated by Dogecoin, including more than $1 million to Save the Children.

Reactions:

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  • The Internet is mourning the death of Kabosu. Tributes have been flooding social media since Sato’s heartbreaking announcement, with many calling her a “hero,” an “icon” and a “legend.”

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