TAIPEI (The China Post) — Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss demeanor became an internet sensation, has died at age 7, her owners say.
Posting on social media Friday, Grumpy Cat’s owners wrote that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and “passed away peacefully” Tuesday “in the arms of her mommy.”
Her owners said: “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times were tough.”
The cat’s real name was Tarder Sauce, and she rose to fame after her photos were posted online in 2012. She had more than 2 million followers on Instagram and more than 1 million on Twitter.
Her website says her grumpy look was likely because she had a form of dwarfism.
Owner Tabatha Bundesen founded Grumpy Cat Limited (www.grumpycats.com), and the cat made numerous appearances, including commercials.
When she was four, she was worth £64million, traveling first class and staying at the very best hotels, according to various media.
“She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy. Besides being out 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,” said Tabatha.
“Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere,” she added. Despite her sad face, she was a very happy cat after all.