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The "Falling Bear" Is Dead

Sad news, everybody: the bear who spawned a thousand memes after falling out of a tree last week has died.

Local Colorado station KWQC reports,

Just a week after becoming famous for falling out of a tree after being tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus, “Falling Bear” has been struck and killed by a car. Falling Bear met its doom on U.S. Highway 36 near Boulder early Thursday morning. A snapshot of its fall from the tree last week went viral after it was posted, sparking a now-resolved fight over ownership rights to the photo and quickly leading to a falling bear meme.

The bear famously tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus last week, and immortalized in a viral photo by CU student Andy Duann, met a tragic death early Thursday in the Denver-bound lanes of U.S. 36. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a 280-pound black bear that died on U.S. 36 after being hit by a car at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday was the same bear that became known worldwide last week after wandering onto the CU campus near the Williams Village dorm complex.

Are you happy now, CARS? You’ve just killed the internet’s favorite new meme, literally. Today is a sad day.

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