The famous feline’s owners announced her death on social media early Friday.
“We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat,” wrote Tabatha, Bryan and Chrystal Bundesen in a statement.
The mixed-breed “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.
So sorry for your loss 😭😭💔
— emma nevill (@nevill_emma) May 17, 2019
Heartbroken 😥😥😥 Sending my love to Tabatha and all your family. That came as quite the shock 🖤🌈
— Fran O’Reilly (@ShadEO9) May 17, 2019
R.I.P. You were a special kitty cat & the world was a little brighter w/you in it. I’m so sorry, Grumpy’s family, for your loss. ❤️
— 🌊Manda Resists🌊 (@ScarredEclipse) May 17, 2019
Grumpy Cat became an online star as a kitten after this photograph that Bryan Bundesen shared online 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.
Grumpy Cat was often photographed with celebrities, such as Marvel Comics visionary Stan Lee:
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Late-night TV host Conan O’Brien:
Model and designer Georgia May Jagger:
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