Ryan McHenry, the filmmaker who invented the "Ryan Gosling won't eat his cereal" meme, has died after a two-year battle against bone cancer. In his honor, Ryan Gosling has finally eaten a spoonful of cereal. The actor tweeted a video today showing him pouring himself a bowl of cereal, before raising a spoon to McHenry's memory and chowing down on his Corn Flakes.
McHenry first uploaded a six-second Vine showing Gosling appearing to reject an offered spoonful of cereal in early 2013. Six months later, he discovered he was suffering from osteosarcoma — a type of bone cancer — in his leg. The Scottish filmmaker told The Verge that he was able to keep positive for the audience he had built up on Vine and Twitter, posting "cancer selfies," videos, and other stories from his hospital bed and during treatment. In late 2013, Vine artists and fans following his story banded together, raising $10,000 to help him get back to a normal life after an operation on his leg.
Unfortunately, the operation wasn't enough to stop the spread of the cancer. McHenry told The Verge that the only conclusion he could see to his Ryan Gosling series would be to have the actor himself respond to the videos. Sadly he didn't get to see the culmination of his work, but thanks to his meme and Gosling's response, a JustGiving page set up in McHenry's memory has already raised almost £2,600 ($3,929) for cancer research.
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