Grumpy Cat, viral internet sensation, dies aged 7

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Tardar Sauce, a viral internet sensation commonly known as Grumpy Cat, just died at the age of 7.

The family of Grumpy Cat, who had 2.4 million followers on Instagram, corroborated the news in a post on Friday morning.

“Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving household, Grumpy encountered problems from a recent urinary tract infection that regrettably became too tough for her to overcome, ” reads the post.

“She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mama, Tabatha.”

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Some days are grumpier than others …

A post shared by Grumpy Cat (@ realgrumpycat) on May 17, 2019 at 2:01 am PDT

“Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere, ” reads the post’s final line.

Grumpy was one of the first genuinely viral animals on the internet, which launched an entire industry of celebrity pets. Images of Grumpy cat first ran viral on Reddit in Sept. 2012 in a post titled “Meet Grumpy Cat.”

The internet immediately claimed the pictures were Photoshopped, so Grumpy’s owneds posted videos as well, which also went viral.

The internet immediately celebrated Grumpy’s unique seems, and her photos were quickly turned into old internet-style macro memes and Photoshops.

A few months later, in 2013, Grumpy Cat made an appearance at the Mashable House at SXSW, where fans lined up to take photos with the new internet starring.

Grumpy cat went on to secure a deal with meme agent Ben Lashes, who managed other viral starrings like Keyboard Cat, Scumbag Steve, and Nyan Cat. From there, Grumpy Cat launched an extensive line of merch, stimulated celebrity appearances, captured an endorsement with Friskies, and was even the superstar of its own movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever .

Though Grumpy Cat was born with feline dwarfism, its owners said she was just a “normal kitty” that simply seems grumpy. “She plays, conceals, and acts as cats act, ” her bio reads.

RIP, Grumpy. We’ll always remember your grouchy face.

UPDATE: May 17, 2019, 8: 16 a.m. EDT Updated with additional information.

Additional reporting by Brian Koerber.

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