Social media has been in mourning following the passing of perhaps the internet’s most famous feline.
The death of Grumpy Cat, so named for her permanent scowl, was announced by owners this time last week (Friday May 17).
However, the loss of the Arizona cat – who died aged seven – will be felt for a while. It was in 2013 that Grumpy Cat went viral. Once Photographs of her emerged online, well, the rest was history.
But why did she look so grumpy? It’s understood her sour expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite.
Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, quickly became an internet sensation and one of the most-used memes.
She even starred in her own film and travelled the globe making television appearances. Don’t forget, a waxwork of Grumpy Cat was also unveiled at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco a few years ago too!
Her loving family confirmed that she died on the Tuesday prior to the announcement. Grumpy Cat suffered complications from a recent urinary tract infection.
The family of Grumpy Cat made a statement
Taking to social media, the owners of Grumpy cat revealed what had happened. “We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat,” the statement began.
“Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome.
“She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabitha.”
It continued: “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.
“Her spirit will continue to love on through her fans everywhere.
“Grumpy’s family – Tabitha, Bryan, and Chrystal.”
Right after the news was confirmed there was of course a huge reaction. Just take a look:
— 𝐖𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐜. ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ (@Feel_Wholesome) May 18, 2019
— Garfield (@Garfield) May 17, 2019
— RoxiPaws~🌻🐶💣~ (@RoxiPaws) May 19, 2019
The loss of Grumpy Cat, who had more than two million followers on Instagram, was covered by news outlets across the world.
She trended on Twitter for days and tributes came from a variety of sources. One thing is for sure, Grumpy Cat will remain an internet sensation.
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