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An Oklahoma college student brought her grandfather some Twitter fame after she tweeted a picture of him appearing to be sadly eating a burger.

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According to Kelsey Harmon, she and her five other cousins were invited to dinner by their grandfather Wednesday, but only she showed up.

The Northeastern State University student said her grandfather, whom she calls Papaw, made 12 burgers for his six grandkids.

The tweet gained over 70,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.

The story Harmon tweeted gained so much traction it made it to Twitter's "moments" page, which tracks trending tweets and compiles them into a feed.

The feed pulls the best tweets from the initial moment.

According to BuzzFeed, some people on Twitter found Brock Harmon, one of Kelsey Harmon's cousins, and one of Pawpaw's grandchildren.

It looks like Twitter went so far as to find a 2014 tweet in which Brock said he was hungry.

According to Kelsey Harmon, the spread of her tweet led to death threats for her cousins.

But Brock Harmon, perhaps after getting so many Twitter notifications, tweeted that he went to Papaw's burger dinner and that his grandfather forgave him.

By Friday, Kelsey Harmon tweeted a thank you to supportive tweeters and let them know she and Papaw were appreciative.

"I have had many laughs at the memes and funny posts of my Papaw. I've also had many, many messages telling my my post encouraged people everywhere to visit their grandparents, and that means so much to me."

Kelsey Harmon said she was asked about where to send donations, gifts and other free items, but that she cannot accept them as a college athlete.

"I'm not comfortable with giving Papaw's address out, so instead of sending him gifts...please just send prayers that he is happy," she wrote.

Kelsey Harmon also responded to those who said she tweeted the picture of her grandfather for attention and fame.

"My intentions were never to become 'famous.' I've done nothing worthy of fame. I truly only posted the picture of Papaw to show my appreciation. For those saying I'm craving attention, you are far from right."

She ended the post by letting readers know her grandfather is very loved.



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