Increase a glass in the present day to the dual characters behind the well-known “pomp eet” cryptocurrency meme. The French tv presenters died inside one week of one another aged 72. 

Based on Le Monde, the 2 brothers have been hospitalized on Dec. 15 and transferred to the intensive care unit of a Paris hospital after contracting COVID-19. Grichka died on Dec. 28, and Igor died six days later, on Jan. 3.

The twins turned well-known in France within the 80s, internet hosting a preferred TV present referred to as Temps X and promoting a best-selling ebook referred to as Clefs pour la science-fiction, or keys to science-fiction.

Regardless of their TV appeal, outlandish views on theoretical physics, and noble Russian bloodline, the twins rose to cryptocurrency market fame attributable to a viral meme. The twins’ placing excessive cheekbones, puffed lips and elongated chins, which the brothers denied have been a results of cosmetic surgery, made them web meme stars way back to 2015.

Extravagant, conspiratorial tales surrounding the twins first appeared on Reddit and 4Chan earlier than the cryptocurrency meme creators took over. Essentially the most iconic crypto meme reveals Grichka as an omniscient, all-powerful determine, able to crashing — “bogging” — or pumping cryptocurrency markets with a single telephone name.

The unique Youtube video from February 2018 has over 4 million views, whereas the meme options in Tweets and buying and selling forums.

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Thankfully, the twins have been comfortable to run with the joke and the newfound fame the meme introduced them. In an interview with CNEWS in July final 12 months, they claimed that they predicted a Bitcoin (BTC)-like forex in 1982 as a part of their Temps X TV present. They even prompt that they could have met with the mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakomoto within the 90s.

Igor informed the TV show Non-Cease Those who the well-known photograph of his brother on the telephone has been considered over one billion instances and that Satoshi “most likely had one thing to do with it going viral.” There isn’t any proof of this interplay.

Whereas the twins have been no strangers to the eccentric or the outlandish, the memes will undoubtedly stay on.