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Lil Bub, one of the internet’s most beloved pets, passed away on Sunday.

According to a statement made by her owner Mike, the cat had been battling a bone infection for some time. She “passed away peacefully in her sleep” early that morning

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Lil Bub was eight years old and raised money for many organizations during her time on earth. According to Mike, Bub saved many lives both animal and human. Three years ago she started Lil Bub’s Big Fund with the ASPCA, where the money is used to help special needs animals nationwide. Though feline, she served as an inspiration for others with her determination and will to live.

Mike posted photos of the two of them of their first and last days together, along with a heartfelt caption.

On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet. BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.. I have always been fully transparent about BUB’s health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren’t expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves…

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Dearest BUB, I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love, or your uncanny ability to bring so much magic and joy to the world. I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams o

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This is my first photo with BUB next our last photo together. On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet. BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.. I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves. It is impossible to put into words the profound effect that BUB has had on my life, on the lives of thousands of homeless pets, and on the lives of those of you that have cared for her as if she were your own family. She taught me everything that I know about unconditional love, she brought my wife Stacy and I together, she's the reason we have our beautiful children Rosco and Lula, and she has been a constant source of warmth and love in our lives for the past 8 years. To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement. But most importantly, BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide. She has literally saved thousands of lives (both pets and humans), she started the first national fund for special needs pets, she was the subject of groundbreaking genetic and biological research, she's helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world. And even though my heart is absolutely crushed by her graceful departure from planet Earth, I know that her sprit, magic, and overwhelming energy are still with us, reminding us every day to be better. Dearest BUB, I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love, or your uncanny ability to bring so much magic and joy to the world. I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams o

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Lil Bub was known for her endeavors in the music industry. In 2014, Lil Bub was featured in a music video with Andrew W.K. The next year, the cat dropped her own album Science and Magic, which according to AP, “rockets away from the shaky ground of meme culture and into a different space discovering the intersection between a sugar rush and solid songwriting.”

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Frank Iero expressed his sadness over the news on Instagram, simply posting a photo of the cat with the caption “RIP.”

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😢 RIP @iamlilbub

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More of her fans have taken to Twitter to show their love for the little cat.

Our thoughts go to Lil Bub’s owner and the rest of her family, she will be missed.