More than two million fans of a famous pug on TikTok marked the social media star’s death and flooded the owner’s page with messages of condolence.
Noodle the Pug rose to prominence on platforming with no “bones,” a game his owner Jonathan Graziano played nearly every morning that recorded whether Noodle would stand up or simply fall back onto his doghouse.
When Noodle failed, Graziano declared it was a “boneless” day and advised his viewers not to take any chances. But when Noodle rose — what became known as “bones” day — it became cause for celebration.
But the 14-year-old’s tearful owner took to TikTok on Saturday to announce his death.
A red-eyed, choked Graziano said, “I’m so sorry to have to tell you this, but Noodle died yesterday.
“She was at home. She was in my arms and that’s incredibly sad, it’s incredibly difficult. It’s a day that I always knew would come, but never thought would.”
Graziano’s “boneless” videos have racked up millions of views and his account has grown to 4.5 million followers.
Even fans on Twitter greet Noodle, with the hashtag “BonesDay”, and commenting on Graziano’s video, offer their condolences.
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Doug the Pug wrote, “RIP Noodle The Pug. A great friend and pug who has spread joy to millions. May it be a ‘bones’ day forever.”
“Noodle made an impact on so many people – it made their days and their weeks better. It was amazing,” commented one fan on Graziano’s TikTok, which has been liked more than 2.4 million times.
A children’s book starring Noodle was released earlier this year.
Graziano concluded in his tribute post: “I wanted to encourage you to celebrate as we navigate this sadness.
“He has made millions of people happy – what a ride! Thanks for loving him.”