In a recent news release, the Dogecoin Foundation commented on the death of Balltze, better known in the digital world as “Cheems.” Balltze’s funny relatability has left a long-lasting effect on meme history, making him one of the web’s most beloved meme icons. Balltze, often known as “Ball Ball,” died on August 18, 2023, during a thoracentesis surgical procedure following an earlier examination of a malignant tumour.
Ball Ball, who was born on January 9, 2011, rose to internet celebrity in 2017 after a photograph taken by his owner depicted him in a state of severe anxiety.
This realistic picture struck a chord with many, giving rise to the well-known “Cheems” meme. His portrayal opened the stage for numerous memes, the most notable of which was “Swole Doge vs. Cheems,” which pitted an exaggeratedly muscular Doge against the nervous Cheems.
This joke made light of Kabosu, another Shiba Inu who, by the way, was the basis for the Doge meme and, by extension, the Dogecoin cryptocurrency. The outpouring of global sorrow demonstrates the significant impact of Balltze’s web presence.
Kathy, Balltze’s owner, commemorated his bright nature on his official Instagram, writing, “Do not be unhappy, please keep in mind the enjoyment that Balltze dropped on the world.” She stressed his role in offering comfort to people during tough times and expressed hope that his legacy would continue to spread joy.
The bitcoin and meme communities have gathered to remember Balltze’s work. Shiba Inu’s meme-inspired persona has not only become embedded in web culture, but has also had a significant impact on the world of digital currencies, making his death a significant event within the Dogecoin community.