The internet lost one of its biggest influencers.
Grumpy Cat, known for taking over the world for her sourpuss-like appearance, died at age 7, the family said.
The cat, which went by Tardar Sauce by her owners, died “peacefully” in the arms of her owner, Tabahtan Bundsen.
She died Tuesday morning.
“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,” the tweet said.
It continued: “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.”
The feline became an internet sensation when one of her photos went viral on Reddit. The initial Imgur image gained almost 1,030,000 views in the first 48 hours of its existence in 2012, according to Know Your Meme, a website that documents viral content.
After that, Grumpy Cat became a common meme used heavily throughout social media and her celebrity blossomed in American culture. She appeared on “American Idol” and “The Bachelorette” and even got a taste of Broadway when she appeared for one-night in the musical, “Cats.”
Grumpy Cat was listed as one of Forbes’ top influences in 2017. She had around 2.5 million Instagram followers and close to 8.5 million likes on her Facebook page.
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