RIP Meme God: Internet legend Grumpy Cat passes away

Lula Sharp
May 18, 2019

In just two years Grumpy Cat made a reported £64 million from an array of products and sponsorships, including bestselling books and a film.

Grumpy Cat, a feline whose perpetual scowl turned countless frowns upside-down, died Tuesday, her family said.

"Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome". She was 7 years old.

"Besides being our 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".

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Within days of her first appearance on social media, her owner was able to quit her job as a waitress and the phone "never stopped ringing". She's appeared on shows like Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, American Idol and more.

Owner Tabatha Bundesen founded Grumpy Cat Ltd. and created a website that included an online shop featuring 884 items, including T-shirts and mugs with the cat's picture. She became an internet sensation in 2012 when images of her downturned mouth and unimpressed expression emerged on Reddit. But she was not bad-tempered in real life, according to her owner who attributed her scowly expression to the fact that she had feline dwarfism and a marked underbite. She's done television commercials for Honey Nut Cheerios and took photos with hundreds of fans at South by Southwest.

At the time of her death, she had more than 8.3 million followers on Facebook, 2.5 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers on Twitter.

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