/Internet sensation Grumpy Cat passes away
Internet sensation Grumpy Cat passes away

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat passes away

The world’s crankiest cat with a permanent scowl that has inspired countless memes, a best-selling series of books and a movie has passed away, aged seven.
Grumpy Cat, owned by Tabatha Bundesen from Morristown, Arizona shot to fame in 2012 in a YouTube video that got 15.7 million views, and earned more than Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Matthew McConaughey during her time in the spotlight.
Even amassing a reported $100M fortune was not enough to put a smile on the face of the internet sensation – real name Tardar Sauce – who was born with dwarfism and an underbite, giving her a disgruntled expression.
Her family took to Instagram this morning to announce the news that she’d died on Tuesday from a urinary tract infection, saying: ‘Some days are grumpier than others’.
Heartbroken fans have rushed to pay tribute to the much-loved pet online, with one summing up the feelings of many by writing: ‘We are all a bit of you.’

The internet sensation Grumpy Cat, owned by Tabatha Bundesen from Morristown, Arizona has died, aged seven

The internet sensation Grumpy Cat, owned by Tabatha Bundesen from Morristown, Arizona has died, aged seven

Within days of her cat's first appearance on social media, Grumpy's owner Tabby Bundesen was able to quit her job as a waitress. She has earned a reported $100M from her famous pet

Within days of her cat’s first appearance on social media, Grumpy’s owner Tabby Bundesen was able to quit her job as a waitress. She has earned a reported $100M from her famous pet

Friends in high places! Grumpy Cat backstage with Jennifer Lopez at American Idol in April 2014

Friends in high places! Grumpy Cat backstage with Jennifer Lopez at American Idol in April 2014

Game of moans! A very unimpressed Grumpy Cat posing for a selfie with GoT star Peter Dinklage

Game of moans! A very unimpressed Grumpy Cat posing for a selfie with GoT star Peter Dinklage

Hollywood debut, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, attracted millions of viewers. Pictured: The famous feline at Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids Choice Awards in March 2015

Hollywood debut, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, attracted millions of viewers. Pictured: The famous feline at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids Choice Awards in March 2015

Grumpy Cat's family announced that she'd died from a urinary tract infection, despite care from top professionals

Grumpy Cat’s family announced that she’d died from a urinary tract infection, despite care from top professionals

A statement released by Grumpy Cat’s owners read: ‘We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat.
‘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 passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha.
‘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.’ ‘Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.’

Fans have rushed to social media to pay tribute to the famous pet that became a social media sensation

Fans have rushed to social media to pay tribute to the famous pet that became a social media sensation

Grumpy Cat shot to fame after her picture was posted to Reddit in 2012, and within two 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’.
At the time of her death she had 2.4m followers on Instagram,
Her first book, Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book, was a guide to attaining ‘true grumpiness’ from the self-appointed ‘master of bad attitude’.

Practicing their scowls! Famous feline Grumpy Cat with Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln in New York in October 2015

Practicing their scowls! Famous feline Grumpy Cat with Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln in New York in October 2015

Inspiration for a new character? The late Stan Lee - who co-created heroes such as Spider-Man for Marvel Comics - posed with the famous pet in November 2015

Inspiration for a new character? The late Stan Lee – who co-created heroes such as Spider-Man for Marvel Comics – posed with the famous pet in November 2015

Johnny Knoxville made sure to put on his best pout for his encounter with Grumpy Cat

Johnny Knoxville made sure to put on his best pout for his encounter with Grumpy Cat

Chat show guest! TV host Conan O'Brien also had a cuddle with the famous feline

Chat show guest! TV host Conan O’Brien also had a cuddle with the famous feline

Grumpy Cat - real name Tardar Sauce - was born with dwarfism and an underbite, giving her a disgruntled expression

Grumpy Cat – real name Tardar Sauce – was born with dwarfism and an underbite, giving her a disgruntled expression

Screen star! Grumpy made her Hollywood debut in November 2014 in Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever  (pictured)

Screen star! Grumpy made her Hollywood debut in November 2014 in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever  (pictured)

Helpful tips included eating ice cream cones to get incurable brain freezes and reminding yourself that a kiss carries more germs than 100 toilet seats.
The follow-up, The Grumpy Guide To Life: Observations By Grumpy Cat, advises that ‘It’s always good to have a partner in crime – you need someone to blame when people start asking questions’.
She was the ‘spokescat’ for a Friskies brand of cat food and even had her own brand of iced coffee, Grumppuccino, produced by US coffee company Grenade.

Grumpy Cats disgruntled face won her worldwide fame and became the subject of countless internet memes

Meme queen! The famous feline, who look constantly annoyed, shot to worldwide fame

Grumpy Cats disgruntled face won her worldwide fame and became the subject of countless internet memes

But in 2018, Grumpy Cat Limited sued Grenade for exceeding the terms of an agreement made over use of the cat’s image, after it started selling other branded products featuring her face.
Grumpy’s owners ultimately won a $710,000 (£555,000) payout in a copyright lawsuit.
Her Hollywood debut, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, attracted millions of viewers and was the most tweeted about film on its release date.
The famous feline even had her own waxwork at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco, which was unveiled in 2015.