The Bogdanoff twins Grichka and Igor, who once said they wrote the predictive code for Bitcoin and are behind the famous “Pomp Eet” and “domp eet” memes are dead. The crypto-meme twins died in the space of a week from each other.
According to Le Monde, the two brothers were admitted to a Paris hospital on December 15 and transferred to the intensive care unit after contracting COVID-19. Grichka died on the 28th of December, and Igor died six days later, on the 3rd of January both at the age of 72.
In the 1980s, the twins became well-known in France after hosting the popular TV show Temps X and publishing the best-selling book Clefs pour la science-fiction, or keys to science-fiction.
The twins soared to bitcoin market prominence thanks to a viral meme, despite their TV attractiveness, crazy views on theoretical physics, and royal Russian heritage.
As far back as 2015, the twins’ remarkable high cheekbones, puffy lips, and lengthened chins, which the brothers said were the consequence of plastic surgery, making them internet meme stars.
Before the Bitcoin meme creators took over, extravagant, conspiratorial stories about the twins first appeared on Reddit and 4Chan. Grichka is depicted in the most famous crypto meme as an omniscient, omnipotent figure capable of “bogging” or “pumping” cryptocurrency prices with a single phone call.
The original Youtube video from February 2018 has had over 4 million views, and the meme has been seen on Twitter and on trade communities.
Thankfully, the twins were delighted to go along with the prank and the newfound celebrity that the meme brought them. They claimed in a July 2017 interview with CNEWS that they predicted a Bitcoin-like currency in 1982 as part of their Temps X TV show. They even claimed to have met Satoshi Nakomoto, the mystery Bitcoin founder, in the 1990s.
According to Igor, the iconic photo of his brother on the phone has been viewed over one billion times, and Satoshi “probably had something to do with it going viral,” according to the TV show Non-Stop People. There is no evidence that this interaction occurred. The memes will likely linger on, despite the fact that the twins were no strangers to the bizarre.