Wednesday 21 August 2019

Fans lose that loving feline as Grumpy Cat dies

Famous grimace: Grumpy Cat gained international acclaim for her permanent scowl before her death this week. Photo: AFP/Getty
Famous grimace: Grumpy Cat gained international acclaim for her permanent scowl before her death this week. Photo: AFP/Getty

Andrew Hay

Grumpy Cat, an internet celebrity for her permanent frown, died "in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha" this week, leaving behind countless online jokes about how we all feel at our worst moments, her family said yesterday.

Despite care from top professionals, Grumpy died, aged seven, on Tuesday. She was suffering complications after a recent urinary tract infection, the family said on Twitter.

Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation after her owner Tabatha Bundesen posted a picture of her famous scowl six over years ago.

She went on to appear on magazine covers, television advertisements and even starred in her own 2014 movie, 'Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever'.

"Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world - even when times were tough," the family said.

"Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere."

Tribute memes poured in hashtagged #GrumpyCat.

"I'm actually bummed about this," read one, with a picture of Grumpy scowling into the sunset.

According to the BBC, Grumpy Cat travelled the world making television appearances.

Madame Tussauds in San Francisco unveiled a waxwork of her in 2015, and her Instagram account has more than two million followers.

In 2018, her owners won a $710,000 (€633,000) payout in a copyright lawsuit.

Irish Independent

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