Grumpy Cat, Whose Scowl Launched a Million Memes, Dies Age 7

By 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 on Friday. She was 7.

FILE PHOTO: Grumpy cat arrives at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ANIMALS) (MTV-ARRIVALS)

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

Grumpy, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation around the world – including in South Africa – after her owner Tabatha Bundesen posted a picture of her scowl six years ago. She went on to appear on magazine covers, television advertisements and even starred in her own movie “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever”… altogether earning her owner over $100-million.

“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.”


Grumpy Cat’s official Facebook page posted this message.

Tribute memes poured in at hashtag #GrumpyCat.

“I’m actually bummed about this,” read one with a picture of Grumpy scowling into the sunset.

FILE PHOTO: Grumpy cat arrives at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) (MTV-ARRIVALS)

(Reporting By Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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