The world mourns passing of Roger the buff kangaroo

Australia's beloved kangaroo Roger passed away from natural causes at the age of 12

Camera IconAustralia's beloved kangaroo Roger passed away from natural causes at the age of 12

Roger the ripped kangaroo, a giant marsupial who gained viral internet fame for his muscly physique, has died at age 12, according to new reports.

Roger was rescued as a joey after his mother was killed in a highway accident, kangaroo sanctuary founder Chris Barns told the BBC.

The six-foot-seven, 200-pound kangaroo lived at a secluded reserve in the Australian outback, but rocketed to global celebrity in 2015 after photos surfaced online of him flexing his considerable biceps and holding the twisted remains of a metal bucket he'd crushed with his front paws.

At a kangaroo sanctuary in Alice Springs, he was the alpha male of the herd for many years and had 12 wives. So we will reflect on his life today and for many years to come.

The shelter was started by Barns to raise Roger, and he brought him up well.

"Sadly Roger has passed away of old age", the Sanctuary announced via Facebook.

"We have lost our handsome boy, Roger", Chris Barnes, owner of the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Australia, announced on Saturday on Facebook.

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"We've laid him to rest out here so he can be with his family".

"He will always be here", Mr Barns said.

Image: The last picture of Roger, taken a few days before he died.

Kangaroos can live for as long as 14 years but rarely make it to that age when in the wild.

"He's an old man now and although still very big and strong he's an old man and old men don't fight", Mr Barns said in a video posted to social media.

"From an orphaned joey to the world's most famous kangaroo, it's incredible what love can do", said Erin Tewksbury.

A couple of years ago, the sanctuary published another video on Facebook of Roger sprawled on his back in the dirt.

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