Ryan McHenry, 27, from Scotland, was the brainchild of the infamous "Ryan Gosling won't eat his cereal" Vine videos. In the videos, Gosling's face would appear on screen, and McHenry would extend a spoon filled with cereal from off-screen towards the actor. It would then look as if Gosling's character were rejecting McHenry's offer of cereal by moving his body or head ever so slightly.
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The absurd yet hilarious videos quickly became a hit across the internet, resurfacing every few months on Reddit and Tumblr and generating a new legion of Gosling-cereal aficionados in the process.
But as the videos increased in popularity, many didn't know that the passionate Vine user and Gosling hunger enthusiast had also been suffering from osteosarcoma, a cancer that affects originates from the bones.
After hearing of the McHenry's illness, many of his fans and fellow Vine users organized an IndieGoGo page titled "Ryan McHenry won't eat his cancer" to help pay for his treatment and hospital bills. But on May 4, McHenry passed away the age of 27.
On Monday, Gosling paid his respects to McHenry in a Vine video, where the actor poured a bowl of cereal, raised his spoon, and finally took a bite. Gosling's Vine has received over 150,000 likes and 17 million loops.
Gosling also tweeted the following message along with his video.
My heart goes out to all of Ryan McHenry's family and friends. Feel very lucky to have been apart of his life in some small way.— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) May 5, 2015
Many on social media were touched by Gosling's video.
@RyanGosling thank you for this amazing gesture, it means so much to Ryan and to us all.— Ryan Clachrie (@Clac_Attack) May 5, 2015
@RyanGosling Ryan McHenry was THRILLED when you answered him re: meme. I'm sure this means everything to his family. 👍🏻 Thank you for this!— LaurieBetterBeeDaily (@LaurieCromie) May 5, 2015
@RyanGosling so much respect, I wish Ryan was here to see this, we all know he's watching from above ❤️— ayana (@iljs12) May 5, 2015
McHenry's family asks to help keep memory of the Vine creator alive by raising money for Sarcoma research.