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tributes pour in for granpa who became online sensation after eating paint thinking it was yoghurt

Bobby became an unexpected internet celebrity and everyone loved him (Picture: Instagram)

A grandad who became an online meme after eating half a tub of paint he thought was yoghurt has died.

Bobby, also known as ‘Paint-Eating Grandpa’ from New York, gained fame in 2019 when his granddaugther Alex shared a picture of him eating the paint.

She confirmed on Instagram that her granddad died peacefully in his sleep earlier this year in June.

Alex posted an emotional statement alongside a compilation of pictures and videos of him which was shared on TikTok.

The caption read: ‘Today would’ve been Bobby’s 92nd birthday.

‘For those who don’t know, he passed away peacefully in his sleep this June. And though he’s missed tremendously, he really did live a long, happy, healthy & fulfilling life as a doctor, musician, father, and grandfather.

‘He loved nothing more than to make people laugh, so having the internet as his audience go; truly meant the world to him. Huge thanks to everyone who’s supported Bobby boy over the years. I’m confident you guys will keep his legend alive.’

Tributes have also poured in from people online who paid their respects to the family following the sad news.

Ashley posted: ‘Sad, but we find solace in his memory.’

A social media user called Piigeon wrote: ‘Bobby will live in our hearts forever, that picture of him had me cackling every few years since it came out.’

Another person called Barry posted: ‘Rest in peace fly high we miss you.’

At the time of the meme Alex posted a picture of Bobby onto X, formerly known as Twitter, after he had eaten the paint.

‘Sooo my grandpa ate half a quart of paint today thinking it was yogurt,’ she posted.

She previously said: ‘When I say he loves yogurt, he LOVES for yogurt.

‘My mum buys at least 7 quarts of vanilla Danon yogurt a week.

‘My grandpa has always loved entertaining people. He doesn’t care whether people are laughing with him or at him.’

Thankfully Bobby had a stomach of iron and his insides were ‘unfazed’ by the unappetising food at the time.

Credit: metro


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