Air Bud Dog Dies: ‘RIP’ Tweet for Air Buddy, Comet Dog Goes Viral 15 Years After Death

February 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Air Buddy, the dog in the “Air Bud” movie, died about 15 years ago on Feb. 10, and  a viral post on Twitter got many people thinking the dog recently died.

“RIP to the dog that played air bud,” reads a tweet from the Puppies Daily Twitter account, which generated 15,000 retweets. The tweet didn’t offer any context, leading thousands of people to believe the dog died recently.

The dog–a Golden Retriever named Buddy–was believed to be about 10 years old when he died.

“Air Bud” was released in 1997 to widespread commercial success. It was about a dog who could play basketball.

Buddy also was Comet the dog in “Full House” for six seasons.

Buddy died of complications from cancer due to synovial cell sarcoma, dying in his sleep February 10, 1998 at his owner’s home in San Diego. “Buddy’s death Tuesday came six months after the golden retriever had his leg amputated because of synovial cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He died in his sleep at his San Diego home, Disney said,” reads a report from the Spokane Spokesman-Review in 1998.

On Twitter, a large number of people thought the dog recently died.

“Woww… This seriously ruined my day,” one person wrote.

“I seriously just cried. That completely ruined my day,” tweeted another