That face. The one that launched a million memes, Grumpy Cat has died. She passed away from complications following a urinary tract infection.
Grumpy Cat (whose actual name was Tardar Sauce) became an internet sensation after her owner’s brother posted a photo of the cat to Reddit in 2012. A the time kitty was less than a year old and instantly went viral.
The family was able to capitalize on the cat’s internet fame through branding promotions, appearances at Comicon, and a TV-movie deal with Lifetime called Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, all which brought in millions.
Grumpy Cat’s family, including her owner Tabatha Bundesen, made the announcement of her passing this morning on Twitter. Bundesen was a Red Lobster waitress before Grumpy Cat’s rocket to stardom.
The family said in a statement posted to Twitter
“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, Tabatha.
Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”
Grumpy Cat was 7.
Some days are grumpier than others… pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019
(Photo, YouTube; via Gizmodo)