Internet meme icon, Longcat dies aged 18
- Longcat’s owner, Miko, announced her pet’s death on Twitter
- Longcat, whose real name was Nobiko, went viral in 2006
- Longcat was more than a viral meme for his fans
Meme legend Longcat, famous on the internet for his epic-length, has died aged 18, his owners say. The cat from Japan died on Sunday due to natural causes in a pet hospital. Longcat, whose real name was Nobiko, went viral in 2006 after his photographs emerged on 2chan image board.
Longcat’s owner, Miko, announced her pet’s death on Twitter.
“It seems that Nobiko crossed the Rainbow Bridge earlier than Ms Miko, the owner of the newsletter. I pray for your soul. Thank you for being born on Earth and living a long time, Nobirutan”, the translated text, originally written in Japanese, read.
Miko also posted numerous memes of her lengthy feline. Netizens also paid respects to the internet sensation by posting the classic Longcat memes.
According to Know your meme, Longcat was best known for his "epic length, spawning Photoshops, and even an entire mythology around his magnitude.” The cat stood at 25.5 inches (65 centimetres) from head to toe.
Longcat was more than a viral meme for his fans. He spawned an entire mythology based on his fictional rivalry and subsequent apocalyptic war, “Catanork”, with an equally imposing black cat called Tacgnol (Longcat spelled backwards).
Longcat might have crossed the rainbow bridge, but it will continue to be the keystone of digital lore and meme culture for years to come.