Cheems, the dog that inspired one of the most famous memes on the internet, passed away after not waking up following a surgical procedure to treat cancer.
According to an Instagram post from the dog’s owner, Cheems passed away on Friday. Although there were plans for further surgery, it was deemed “too late” to proceed. Cheems, also known by the name Balltze, was just 12 years old.
“Don’t be sad, please remember the joy that Balltze brought to the world,” the owner wrote. “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 completed.”
The post continued, “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.”