Grumpy Cat, beloved internet star, dies at age 7
It’s a sad day for the internet as one of its beloved stars has passed away. Grumpy Cat, who sparked many memes, died at age 7.
The cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, experienced “complications from a recent urinary tract infection.” Grumpy Cat’s owners shared the update with the caption, “Some days are grumpier than others...,” which you can see below.
“We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat.
“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.
“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 family — Tabatha Bryan and Chyrstal”
Many fans took to the internet to express their sadness, including Frank Iero who wrote “aww, rest easy little grumpy lady... #RIP #TadarSauce” and shared an image in merch.
Grumpy Cat first rose to fame in 2012 shortly after she was born. Owner Tabatha Bundesen’s brother Bryan snapped a photo of the new family member and shared it to Reddit.
She sparked several memes thanks to her perpetually unhappy appearance. The unamused look was due to an underbite and feline dwarfism.
Grumpy Cat also sparked a book, Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book, and a comic book, The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey. She also starred in her own Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, which aired in 2014.
Of course, there was also a plethora of merchandise including T-shirts, phone cases, mugs and much more. Hot Topic also sells Grump Cat merch with the feline herself visiting their headquarters in 2013.
Our thoughts are with Tardar Sauce’s family at this difficult time.
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