Cheems, the most viral dog on the internet, dies after losing his battle against cancer

Cheems, the most viral dog on the internet, dies after losing his battle against cancer

Cheems, the puppy that went viral on the internet and the star of many memes, has died, as confirmed by his owners through social media on Saturday.

The 12-year-old canine, whose real name is Balltze, is of the Shiba Inu breed and struggled for the last few months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“Ball Ball fell asleep on 8/18. He fell asleep Friday morning during his last thoracentesis surgery,” read the message announcing his passing.

“Originally, we wanted to arrange chemotherapy or other possible treatment for him after this surgery, but now it’s too late.”

Cheems’ owners ask people to remember him with joy

In their farewell message, his owners asked fans not to be sad and to remember the joy Cheems brought to many people.

“Don’t be sad, remember the joy that Balltze brought to the world. A Shiba Inu with a round smiling face that connects 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 is complete,” read the message.

“I believe he runs freely through the sky and enjoys a delicious meal with his new friends. He will always be in my heart. I hope he can continue to bring joy to everyone in the online world, that is my only humble request.” they noted.

They also thanked the medical staff who supported the little dog during his illness for the past six months.

Funds raised for Cheems will be donated to animal welfare organizations

Due to Cheems’ illness, products with the image of the famous dog were sold through his website to raise funds for his expensive treatments and, now that he has passed away, that money will be used to support other animals.

His owner thanked her followers for their support and generosity and reported that “the donation money and brass pins I have collected for medical bills will now be donated to local animal charities. Thank you all, thank you, Balltze knows how much he was loved by all of you.”

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