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Kabosu, The Dog Behind Dogecoin, has Died 11 Years after Inspiring a Memecoin

Published May 24, 2024 11:42 AM
Eddie Mitchell
Published May 24, 2024 11:42 AM
Key Takeaways
  • Kabosu, Web3’s favorite doge has died after over a decade of peak internet fame.
  • Kabosu had been fighting liver disease and leukemia.
  • The Shiba Inu was originally adopted from a rescue shelter in 2008.

Kabosu, the legendary face of the “doge” meme and cryptocurrency icon, has sadly passed away at the age of 18.

The Shiba inu rose to fame in 2010 after a photo of her with crossed paws and an odd look on her face captured the hearts of the internet. Since then, she has gone on to be one of the most famous dogs on Earth.

18 Years of the Doge

After over a decade of peak internet fame, the face behind the beloved “doge” has died.

Sharing on social media, her owner Atsuko Sato wrote :

“To all of you who loved Kabosu, On the morning of the 24th of May, Kabosu crossed the rainbow bridge. Thank you all so much for your support over the years.”


The beloved Shiba Inu had been suffering from liver disease and leukemia.

“She went very peacefully without suffering, as if falling asleep while feeling the warmth of my hands petting her. “Thank you all so much for loving Kabosu all these years.”

Kabosu was adopted by Ms Sato in 2008, rescuing her from a puppy mill where she would have otherwise been put down.

The unlikely superstar also has a special place in the hearts of the crypto community as the face of Dogecoin (DOGE).

This memecoin became known for having a philanthropic community and was launched even higher into infamy after Elon Musk began posting about it.

The Community Responds

Posting to X, Dogecoin notes the “immeasurable ” influence that Kabosu has had around the world.

The Dogecoin community has been involved in numerous charitable efforts around the world. So much so, that the Dogecoin Foundation’s motto since forming in 2014 is Do Only Good Everyday, or DOGE.

Last year, to celebrate Kabosu’s 17th birthday, the foundation pulled together $100,000 to erect a statue in her honor.

Here, one of the Internet’s most adored memes will live on forever.

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