Ryan Gosling pays tribute to meme creator by finally eating his cereal

In a touching tribute, Ryan Gosling remembered the man behind the ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’ meme, 27-year-old Ryan McHenry. The Scottish filmmaker passed away on Sunday (May 3) after battling bone cancer, prompting the actor to post a silent homage to his namesake on Vine and finally eat his cereal.

Ryan Gosling's touching tribute to Ryan McHenry

Ryan became an internet sensation in 2013 with his memes, which showed short scenes of Notebook star Ryan appearing to refuse to eat spoonfuls of cereal. The funny clips, which played perfectly on Ryan’s "serious" actor reputation, quickly went viral.

To accompany his Vine on Monday night, the 34-year-old Hollywood star also wrote a touching message of condolence. “My heart goes out to all of Ryan McHenry's family and friends,” he tweeted. “ Feel very lucky to have been a part of his life in some small way.”

A compilation of ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’ by Ryan McHenry

Vine user Ryan told The Verge back in 2013 that there was a reason for his Ryan Gosling project. “As a film maker, I like to have a conclusion to things,” he said. “The only conclusion I can see out of this whole thing is to have Ryan Gosling respond to this. Even if it is just him eating cereal.”

That same year, Ryan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, with only 530 new cases identified in the UK each year. He was candid about his struggle with the disease and shared videos and photos of himself receiving treatment.

Ryan Gosling also posted a touching message of condolence

Thousands of fans have paid tribute to the internet star using the hashtag #RIPRyanMcHenry. A JustGiving page has also been set up in his memory to help raise money for the Sarcoma UK cancer charity.

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