The furry face of thousands of memes, social media sensation Grumpy Cat, has tragically passed away at the age of seven as a result of a urinary tract infection. The famous feline died on Tuesday, May 14 in the arms of her loving mother Tabatha.
“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,” Tabatha said in a statement. “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 Cat’s Instagram profile has more than 2.4-million followers, and her Twitter profile 1.5-million.
Nicknamed Grumpy by her family, she lived in Arizona with her family, and first shot to fame after uncle, Bryan, posted a photo of her on Reddit – which promptly went viral.
Masses of memes incorporating Grumpy’s face followed, many of which poked fun at the cat’s distinctive appearance, which her owners said was likely due to feline dwarfism.
In March, American fragrance company Demeter released a limited edition “Kitten Fur” scent in collaboration with Grumpy Cat.
Some days are grumpier than others… pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 5, 2019
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) January 1, 2019
Nooo! that’s soo sad. he was probably was too grumpy with life & wanted to go be in pet heaven so he can be grumpy without being a meme lolz 😛 we’ll miss you “Grumpy Cat” 😼 pic.twitter.com/UFyv7GHvvA
— Casey Jaymz (@Thechosen1CJay) May 17, 2019
This really hits home back in the day I loved the grumpy cat memes/videos Rest In Peace our fallen hero pic.twitter.com/IZGUhHRIh3
— Massive Legend (@wolfeydcdx456) May 17, 2019
Grumpy Cat will join those in Dead Meme Heaven pic.twitter.com/BjBjKRhToI
— ThedrunkFaf (@YTpooper) May 17, 2019
I just woke up to find out that Grumpy Cat died. I’m so sad. Goodbye Tardar sauce thank you for the memes. We will stay grumpy for you pic.twitter.com/HD8H553h23
— moonpowpow (@MoonpowPow) May 17, 2019
Grumpy Cat literally invented memes. I’m so upset. RIP queen. pic.twitter.com/p8OBPlbMQH
— allison. (@AlliApplebum) May 17, 2019