Dogecoin Icon Kabosu Passes Away at 18

Kabosu, the Shiba Inu behind Dogecoin, dies at 18.

  • Kabosu, the Shiba Inu behind Dogecoin, dies at 18.
  • Kabosu became famous from a 2010 meme and inspired Dogecoin.
  • Elon Musk and the community pay tribute to Kabosu.

Kabosu, the Shiba Inu that became the face of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, has died at the age of 18. Her owner, Atsuko Sato, announced the news in a heartfelt blog post, sharing that Kabosu passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Kabosu first gained internet fame in 2010 with a meme featuring her crossed paws and curious expression. This image later inspired software engineers Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer to create Dogecoin in 2013, a cryptocurrency that started as a joke but quickly gained popularity.

Dogecoin’s value soared in 2020, especially after Tesla CEO Elon Musk began tweeting about it. Musk even replaced Twitter’s logo with Kabosu’s image for a brief period, helping Dogecoin reach a market capitalization of around $23.6 billion.

Tributes poured in from the cryptocurrency community and meme lovers worldwide. The official Dogecoin account on X praised Kabosu’s global impact, and Elon Musk also posted a tribute to honor her legacy.