Grumpy Cat, the internet celebrity cat whose constant expression spoke to all of us, died in the arms of her “mommy” on Tuesday, her family said on Friday. She was 7 years old.
Tardar Sauce is the actual name of Grumpy Cat and who is hailed from Arizona, United States. She died after complications from urinary tract infection, her family tweeted.
“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.”
Several cats had moments of small-time fame on the internet, but few, if any, had the reach and staying power of that Grumpy Cat. She first rose to stardom six years ago, after her owner posted a photo on Reddit, with the caption “Meet Grumpy Cat.”
From then on, everything about Grumpy Cat became a meme, and placing bold words above and below her frown became a common way for humans to express grumpy thoughts. I bet all of us laughed at those memes.
Perhaps the most infamous one was: “I had fun once. It was awful.”
The cat’s grumpiness appearance was declared Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webby Awards, beating the memes of “Gangnam Style” and “Harlem Shake”. Many memes come and go, but its owner, Tabatha Bundesen, has turned the cat’s face into the center of a thriving business.
The famous cat scowl was the result of feline dwarfism, her family said, and although she was a mixed breed, her owners were not sure of the specific mix.
On the cat’s website, her owners claim that Grumpy Cat was not at all moody. If this is true, I would love to see Mr. Grumpy smiles for a change!
“She’s a super cute fluffy kitty and likes to be hugged and rubbed,” the family wrote.
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