After months of a viral social media game taunting children into completing tasks, the Japanese artist behind the doll that became known as "Momo" is reassuring people "the curse is gone."
Sculptor Keisuke Aiso told The Sun that his creation, called "Mother Bird," is "rotten" and has been thrown away. He said the sculpture "doesn't exist anymore" and "was never meant to last."
“The children can be reassured Momo is dead — she doesn’t exist and the curse is gone," Aiso told the outlet.
"Mother Bird" was built in 2016 and made out of rubber and natural oils. After showing it at an alternative art gallery in Tokyo, Aiso canned his creation last fall. According to The Sun, only one of her eyes is left, and Aiso wants to use it on another sculpture.
But photos of the woman-bird hybrid circulated on the internet, and the strange model became known as "Momo," used by people in a twisted social media game.
The viral game first gained attention in August after a 12-year-old girl in Argentina reportedly took her life as a result of it, according to the Buenos Aires Times.
As a part of the game, children and young adults are contacted by "Momo" and asked to participate in a series of tasks, sometimes escalating to violence and self-harm, including suicide. Participants are also reportedly asked to provide photo proof of their acts.
Two deaths in Colombia were also linked to the game, which can be found social media apps, according to The Daily Mail.