Grumpy Cat, Star of Thousands of Memes, Has Died
Grumpy Cat, perhaps the most famous cat on the web, has died. The cat was just 7 years old.
Grumpy’s owner, Tabatha Bundesen, confirmed the news of the feline’s death on Twitter early Friday (May 17). Tabatha said on Twitter that despite a caring veterinary team that Grump was unable to recover after complications from a urinary tract infection.
"She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha," Grumpy's family wrote online early Friday.
Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, first rose to fame in September 2012 when photos were posted on Reddit showing the cats disgruntled face. The cat suffered from feline dwarfism, which likely caused her distinctive facial features, according to a report from CNN.
Of course, photos of Grumpy cat have been used in the seven years since in thousands of memes to illustrate dictate or frustration. In fact, the cat became the star of several marketing campaigns.
"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 live on through her fans everywhere," Grumpy's mom, Tabatha Bundesen wrote.