SAD NEWS this morning as an internet legend has passed away.
"We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat,” wrote Tabatha, Bryan and Chrystal Bundesen in a statement.Grumpy Cat, hero of a million memes, has gone to the great Twitter thread in the sky.
Tardar Sauce, as Grumpy was known to her family, was 7 years old when she died on Tuesday.
Her fame exploded when a photograph of her was posted to Reddit on September 22, 2012.
Bryan Bundesen, the brother of her owner Tabatha Bundesen, posted a picture of Tardar Sauce pointing out her permanently grumpy expression and social media users couldn’t get enough of her.
Pictures of her perpetually unimpressed face have been a staple of social media ever since.
Tardar Sauce was one of a litter of four kittens born to a calico mother. her father is thought to have been a blue-and-white tabby.
Owner Tabatha Bundesen, who says Grumpy Cat’s unique expression is a result of a form of dwarfism, took a leave of absence from her waitressing job in 2013 to manage her cat’s growing celebrity.
The Grumpy Cat Twitter account currently has 1.5 milion followers and Grumpy's Instagram has well over 2 million followers.
In just two years Grumpy Cat made a reported £64 million from an array of products and sponsorships, including bestselling books and a film.
Despite her "grumpy" appearance and "Grumpy Cat” nickname Tardar Sauce was fairly good natured. According to the Bundesens, "Ninety-nine percent of the time she is just a regular cat.
All here Daily Star online would like to express our condolences to the owners friends and fans of Grumpy Cat, the only GC that really matters.
Grumpy Cat. April 4, 2012- May 14 2019
The mixed-breed had “encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome,” the statement read.
“She passed away peacefully,” it added, “at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha.”
The family from Morristown, Arizona, noted how Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, had “helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times were tough.”
It vowed that “her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”
Tributes poured in on Twitter, where fans said they were “heartbroken” by the news.
Grumpy Cat became an online star as a kitten after photographs of her looking very grumpy indeed went viral. Her purported displeased look became a popular meme on social media.
She had 8.5 million Facebook fans, 2.4 million on Instagram, 1.5 million on Twitter and 264,000 YouTube subscribers. She endorsed Friskies cat food and had a book series published in her name.
Rip Grumpo. You were more popular and beloved than most of the cows here at Kiwifarms.
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