Tillman, The World Record-Holding Skateboarding Dog, Has Died

The famous Bulldog's owner announced his passing in a heartbreaking Facebook post.

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Tillman, doing what he did best. Via Tillman/Facebook
Tillman, doing what he did best. Via Tillman/Facebook

The skateboarding world lost one of its most enthusiastic members this week. Tillman the 10-year-old skateboarding English Bulldog died Tuesday, according to a Facebook post from his owner, Ron Davis.

The dog had gained the best kind of Internet fame after a video of him riding his board in Venice Beach, California, went viral. In the years since, he continued riding his boards — skate and surf — and even earned a Guinness World Record for “the fastest 100m on a skateboard by a dog.”

The talented pooch developed a heart muscle disease over the summer that ultimately led to his death, The Associated Press reports.

“We spent 10 years making so many incredible memories skating, surfing and hanging out together,” Davis wrote on Facebook, after announcing Tillman’s passing. “No words can truly describe how much he’ll be missed. Thanks for all the good times, Tilly.”

I’m sorry to announce the world lost a true legend… My best bud Tillman passed away last night, of natural causes. We…

Posted by Tillman on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

 
Tillman was also mourned by Natural Balance Pet Foods, who had sponsored him for the past eight years.

“It was a genuine treat to witness first-hand Tillman’s vibrant character and many talents,” the company wrote in a touching Facebook post. “Tillman undoubtedly lived his long life to the fullest. No dog (and few humans) could skateboard, surf, snowboard or skimboard quite like he did.”

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