Mr. Peanut, Salty Dandy Icon, Dead at 104

Watch the beloved mascot fall to his grisly death in a new ad

Mr. Peanut attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at  on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
Mr. Peanut attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / January 23, 2020 10:43 am

The fanciest legume to ever live has reportedly shuffled off this mortal coil. Planters announced Wednesday that Mr. Peanut died at the age of 104. (Of course, whether or not a fictional, top-hat-sporting peanut salesman was ever really alive is a separate existential question.)

The brand announced the news on Twitter — where else? — and noted that he “sacrificed himself to save his friends when they needed him most.” As you might have guessed, it’s all a marketing gimmick, tied to a commercial that will air before the Super Bowl. In the ad, Mr. Peanut, whose real name is Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe, is riding in a peanut-shaped car with Wesley Snipes and Veep‘s Matt Walsh that winds up going over a cliff, and as the three of them cling to a branch that’s too heavy for all of them, the nut — ever the gentleman — lets go, falling to his death.

There’s no official word on whether or not we can expect the brand to revive him after the Super Bowl, but you can watch the ad below. Rest well, Bartholomew.

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