If all dogs do indeed go to heaven, then the big man upstairs just added a special one to his pet collection.
According to the Ventura County Star, Tillman, a celebrity skateboarding bulldog from Los Angeles who captured the heart of millions, passed away recently due to heart problems. He was 10 years old.
Tillman experienced multiple incidents of cardiac arrhythmia over the summer, developing a heart muscle disease called cardiomyopathy. His owner, Ron Davis, says that Tillman started breathing rapidly one night, and he passed away while en route to a pet hospital.
“I’m sorry to announce the world lost a true legend… My best bud Tillman passed away last night, of natural causes. 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,” Davis posted on the dog’s official Facebook page.
Tillman rose to international fame after Davis posted a video of the exuberant bulldog skateboarding in 2007. After the video went viral, Tillman received numerous sponsorships, even appearing in an iPhone commercial.
About 11 million people say they skateboard on a regular basis, but Tillman was truly in a class of his own when it comes to skateboarding dogs. While most remember the pup for his unique talent, Davis said it was the time they spent together that made Tillman so special.
“He took me to quite a few places and showed me the world,” Davis said, calling Tillman a brother and a friend.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Tillman is also the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest skateboarding dog. Bulldogs’ low center of gravity gives them a natural knack for balancing, but Tillman’s natural style of riding was one-of-a-kind.
Among Tillman’s other notable achievements were being featured on Rose Parade floats, snowboarding in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and even skateboarding at the White House.
While Tillman may be gone, his videos are eternal, and millions of people will remember the infamous skateboarding bulldog for the rest of their lives.