After rushing back to UK, media magnate Rupert Murdoch made good on his decision to fold the 168-year-old newspaper as of today.
This probably means that he realized he had to take a decisive step to accept the responsibility for the newspaper that he owns, but its is certainly a bleak day for journalism and a black eye for tabloids.
This marks the end of the line for one of Europe's most popular newspapers.
The newspaper's last issue said - On this historic day, after 8,674 editions we'll miss YOU, our 7.5 million readers.
You've been our life. We've made you laugh, made you cry, made your jaw drop in amazement, informed you, enthralled you and enraged you.
You have been our family, and for years we have been yours, visiting every weekend.
Thank you for your support. We'll miss you more than words can express.