A feline of legendary internet fame for her permanent sour look has died.Grumpy Cat, from Arizona, died at the age of 7, her owner has revealed.
The cat that “helped millions of people smile” died after complications from a urinary tract infection “became too tough for her to overcome,” owner Tabatha Bundesen and her brother Bryan said in a statement.
According to the statement, Grumpy Cat—whose real name was Tardar Sauce—passed away on Tuesday, May 14, “at home in the arms of her mummy.”
“Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world—even when times were tough,” read the statement from the cat’s family, shared on Twitter on Friday morning.
“Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”
The Instagram account associated with Grumpy Cat has over 2.4 million followers, billing the sourpuss as “The World’s grumpiest cat!”
Grumpy shot to online fame in 2012 after Bundesen’s brother, Bryan, posted a photo of her on Reddit, where people became enamored with Grumpy’s permanent frown.
The look that catapulted the cat to fame, according to The Associated Press, is caused by an unusual combination of feline dwarfism and underbite.
Over time, the cat became a merchandising machine, selling everything from iced coffee, to Friskies cat food, to perfume.
“Grumpy Cat has over 8.6 million total followers on Facebook, 2.5 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers on Twitter,” boasts a product plug on the Demeter Kitten Fur Fragrance landing page.
“Combined with Demeter, one of the most successful online fragrance brands in the world, Grumpy Cat’s Limited-Edition Kitten Fur will bring scent memories and smiles to more people and places than ever before! And everyone needs more smiles!”
Product reviewers on the page laud the fragrance, with Margaret M. writing, “This is a soft, warm and sensual scent. I wear it often. The scent lasts all day. I also want to make note of Demeter’s great Customer Service.”
Commenter “Rose” said “I love the scent” but suggested their transactional system had kinks to iron out: “Kitten Fur is the cat’s meow…but they billed me double!”
Following the news of the cat’s death, many people took to social media to share some of the feline’s funniest moments.
Check the most interesting memes about Grumpy on the next page: