Ryan Gosling has created a touching tribute to Ryan McHenry, the creator of the viral Vines “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal.”
Over the last 2 years, McHenry has created several Vines that have depicted Ryan Gosling not eating his cereal. And while on the face of it this all sounds pretty dumb, McHenry did it so a creative and amusing fashion that these pieces instantly went viral.
McHenry, 27, died on Sunday after a two-year battle with bone cancer. McHenry had previously been diagnosed just a few weeks after his vines started to go viral. And as tributes began to flood in to commemorate the Scottish filmmaker, Twitter users soon started to make one request: that Ryan Gosling finally eat his cereal in McHenry’s honor.
And the Drive, The Ides Of March, Gangster Squad, and Only God Forgives actor didn’t disappoint.
— Ryan McHenry (@RyanWMcHenry) May 5, 2015
This was exactly how McHenry had previously envisioned that the Vine series would come to an end. During an interview with The Verge, via E! Online, McHenry explained that he hoped that Gosling would one day finally eat his cereal in response to the viral sensation.
“As a filmmaker, I like to have a conclusion to things. The only conclusion I can see out of this whole thing is to have Ryan Gosling respond to this. Even if it’s just him eating cereal.”
Gosling also followed this up with his very own touching, written tribute to McHenry.
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
McHenry has been documenting his brave battle against cancer on his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts by creating “cancer selfies” and personal videos from his hospital bed.
He had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and his fans even raised $10,000 after he’d had surgery on his leg. Unfortunately, this operation didn’t stop the cancer from spreading.
A Just Giving page set up in McHenry’s honor has also raised over $5,000 for Sarcoma UK, which is trying to generate funds for the under-funded and under-resourced disease.
Gosling wasn’t the only person to pay tribute to McHenry.
— Vine (@vine) May 3, 2015
— ✨Christine Erickson✨ (@christerickson) May 4, 2015
[Image via Vanity Fair]