Ryan Gosling Eats His Cereal As A Touching Tribute To Meme's Creator

Ryan Gosling has finally eaten his cereal.

The actor posted a Vine clip of himself pouring a bowl of cereal and eating it. Gosling pauses briefly to raise his spoon, a silent tribute to Ryan McHenry, the Scottish filmmaker and creator of the "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" meme who died on Sunday.

McHenry, who had bone cancer, was 27.

The meme McHenry created in 2013 features himself offering a spoonful of cereal to video clips of Gosling from his various movies, timed in such a way to make it appear as if the actor was refusing the breakfast treat.

The clips went viral, but shortly afterward McHenry noticed a painful bump in his leg that was later diagnosed as osteosarcoma. He said the popularity of the meme helped him to stay positive as he fought the disease.

"A lot of my positivity has come down to knowing that I’ve got a small audience out there," he told the Verge in 2013. "I kind of feel like I need to be positive for them. If I was on my Twitter or on my Vine being really negative, like ‘this is the worst thing ever, this is horrible,’ it just wouldn’t be nice for people to hear."

Last month, Gosling told fans on Twitter that he actually loves cereal, prompting a joking apology from McHenry on Twitter:

Gosling's joking response:

It was a moment made for one last McHenry meme:

Along with the Vine of himself eating cereal, Gosling sent out a message of sympathy via Twitter:

For those who took joy in McHenry's clips and wish to contribute, a campaign has been launched in his name to raise money for Sarcoma UK, a British charity that aims to "increase knowledge and awareness of sarcoma through ground-breaking programmes to transform the landscape for everyone affected by sarcoma."

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