One of the creators of cannabis strain Original Glue, Josey Whales, has passed away at the age of 69.

The co-breeder, whose real name is Don, was behind the popular strain of cannabis called Original Glue or Gorilla Glue. He died on May 6 in Las Vegas from complications after a fall, according to a spokesperson for his company, GG Strains.

It was only at the age of 63 that Josey and his partner Lone Watty had created the strain. Within just a few years of its creation, Gorilla Glue the strain had become so popular that its creators attracted legal threats for infringing on the adhesive’s trademark.

According to Don’s company GG Strains, Original Glue or GG#4 is listed as a 37% sativa and 63% indica hybrid.

“He was really big on the medicinal side,” said Catherine Franklin, Director of Marketing & Operations, Cultivator Liaison, and Interim CEO at Certified Genetics.
This year Original Glue became the number one searched strain on Leafly.

“Oh my gosh, he was the best. He was a grumpy, old breeder. He was amazing, though. One of the nicest guys I’ll ever meet,” Franklin said of Don.

“He never thought of himself as a celebrity. He never really took credit for it, and would always say, ‘It was [Original Glue] that was special, not me. She’s the celebrity, not me,'” she added.

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