Tillman skateboarding bulldog

Tillman, the English bulldog who enthralled millions with his love of skateboarding, has passed away. Photo: Tillman

Tillman, the 10-year-old English bulldog who became internationally famous for his love of skateboarding and surfing, passed away Tuesday night.

“I'm sorry to announce the world lost a true legend … My best bud Tillman passed away last night, of natural causes,” Tillman’s owner, Ron Davis, announced Wednesday to Tillman’s 357,000 fans on Facebook. “We spent 10 years making so many incredible memories skating, surfing and hanging out together. No words can truly describe how much he'll be missed. Thanks for all the good times, Tilly.”

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Tillman became an early Internet sensation way back in 2007, when video of him skateboarding through Venice Beach, California went super-viral, amassing over 21 million views on YouTube:

That clip lead to widespread recognition for Tillman.

Soon, he was being featured in iPhone ads and setting the world record for the fastest 100 meter dash by a skateboarding dog:

In a profile last year with VICE Sports, Davis said Tilman took to skateboarding on his own.

“Tillman’s a freak,” Davis told VICE. “He’s not normal. He was the runt of the litter and not the biggest guy, but he’s tough and all he wants to do is ride.”

Tillman skateboarding bulldog

Tillman’s love of board sports wasn’t contained to skateboarding, he also loved surfing. Photo: Tillman

In the years that followed his ascension to international fame, Tillman captivated audiences with his constant surfing and snowboarding, while traveling around the world to meet everyone from Shaun White to active service military members.

News of his passing was met with heavy hearts among his followers online:

According to the Ventura County Star, Tillman died of heart complications while en route to a pet store.

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