#RIPeanut takes over Twitter as Planters announces the sad, sad news.
Planters Peanuts has killed off its mascot, Mr. Peanut.
The company revealed the heartbreaking news on Twitter Wednesday morning, sending the social media site into a tailspin as fans reacted with shock, sadness and, of course, memes.
"It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that Mr. Peanut has died at 104," tweeted the official Mr. Peanut account. "In the ultimate selfless act, he sacrificed himself to save his friends when they needed him most. Please pay your respects with #RIPeanut"
It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that Mr. Peanut has died at 104. In the ultimate selfless act, he sacrificed himself to save his friends when they needed him most. Please pay your respects with #RIPeanut pic.twitter.com/VFnEFod4Zp— The Estate of Mr. Peanut (@MrPeanut) January 22, 2020
The brand later shared footage of the icon's final moments -- a Mr. Peanut snuff film, as it were -- showing the animated character's sacrifice.
After a devastating NUTmobile crash, Mr. Peanut, Wesley Snipes and "Veep" star Matt Walsh find themselves suspended over a ravine on a branch -- one in danger of breaking.
To save his friends, Mr. Peanut lets go and plunges to his death.
"MR. PEANUT was more than just a friend – he was a hero. His passing has shook me to my core," said Matt Walsh in a statement. "I'll do my best to honor his legacy and be there for my friends like he was always there for me even until our last wild ride together. I'll pay my last respects during his funeral on Super Bowl Sunday. I encourage our entire nation to do the same."
Yes, this is all part of Planters' Super Bowl campaign, which will culminate in a funeral to be aired during the third quarter of the big game.
The Super Bowl airs Sunday, February 2 on Fox. See some of the best reactions below:
We, too, would sacrifice it all for the nut #RIPeanut (a real one).— SNICKERS (@SNICKERS) January 22, 2020