More than two million fans of a famous TikTok pug marked the social media star’s death and flooded the owner’s page with messages of condolence.
Noodle the pug rose to fame on the platform with “boneless”, a game his owner Jonathan Graziano played almost every morning that recorded whether Noodle stood up or simply rolled over on his dog bed.
When Noodle collapsed, Graziano said it was a “boneless” day – and advised his viewers not to take any risks. 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 that the 14-year-old had passed away.
A red-eyed, strangled Graziano said: “I’m so sorry to have to tell you this, but Noodle passed away yesterday.
“He was home. He was in my arms and it’s incredibly sad, it’s incredibly difficult. It’s a day that I always knew would come, but I never thought that he would come.”
Graziano’s “boneless” videos racked up millions of views and his account grew to 4.5 million followers.
Fans on Twitter also wished Noodle goodbye, with the hashtag “BonesDay”, and commented on Graziano’s video, offering 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 he forever be ‘bone’ someday.”
“Noodle impacted so many people – he made their days and weeks better. He was amazing,” commented a fan on TikTok of Graziano, who has been liked over 2.4 million times.
Earlier this year, a children’s book featuring Noodle was released.
Graziano concluded in his tribute post, “I wanted to encourage you to celebrate as we navigate this sadness.
“He made millions of people happy – what a ride! Thanks for loving him.”