Gen, the corgi from Japan who became famous for his funny facial expressions, has died at the age of 5.

The terrible news was announced on his account, @GenTheCorgi on Monday, “We are still so heartbroken but it is truly comforting to know that he is so loved. Please do not remember him with sadness, but with joy.”

“He was always up for an adventure and could make us smile on the worst of days. His pure heart touched so many, from near and far,”Gen’s owner said.

In an interview with Bored Panda last year, Gen’s pawrents said the corgi was born with hereditary chronic renal failure which causes Gen to experience polyuria (urinating more than usual), polydipsia (being thirsty all the time), anemia, malaise, and high blood pressure.

Gen has been frequently going to the clinic. He’s on a dialysis three times a week, gets 4 injections, and receives 6 types of medicine.

Gen, which is short for Gensaky, has been on Instagram since 205, but only became a viral sensation last year when people needed a reason to style amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“He may not have been here for the longest time, but he lived the fullest life. We still have so many memories of him that we would love to share with you. Gen is forever,” his owners wrote on Instagram.

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