Forget the tragic end to Game of Thrones, we’ve got worse news for you… Grumpy Cat has died.
Known as Grumpy Cat to the world, her real name was Tarder Sauce. She was born on April 4, 2012.
The beloved grouchy-faced feline hit Internet-stardom back in 2012 for wearing a permanent resting B face better than anyone else out there.
Sadly, she was only seven when she passed away last week from a urinary tract infection that took a bad turn.
Some days are grumpier than others… pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019
“Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy experienced complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too much for her to overcome,” her owner Tabitha Bundesen, tearfully wrote in a post uploaded to her Instagram and Twitter pages.
“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.”
As one of the first internet-famous pets, Grumpy Cat made her owner hundreds of millions of dollars. Over the years, she was featured alongside celebrities and on television shows.
Her adorable face originally went viral after Tabitha’s brother Bryan posted photos of her to Reddit. The photo’s Imgur page reached over one million views in just 48 hours.
She collected millions of fans thereafter. On Instagram, she has 2.7 million followers and on Twitter she has 1.55 million followers.
At first many people thought her face was photoshopped, and so her family decided to upload videos on YouTube of the uniquely precious cat to show that was indeed what she looked like.
The world went crazy, her videos quickly gained millions of views, and the rest is history.
As miserable as she appears, her owners said she wasn’t grumpy at all. “She is a super cute and cuddly kitty and loves to be held and rubbed!”
“99% of the time she is a normal kitty. She plays, hides, and acts as cats act.” Side note: one of her favorite antics was to hide behind the curtains.
She left behind a brother who was kind of grumpy looking too…
Grumpy Cat looked nothing like her mother or father. Her parents were normal-size domestic short hair cats. She was born with feline dwarfism, which is why she’s oddly petite and her rear end wobbled when she walked.
Grumpy was a mixed breed, she appeared to have some Persian, Ragdoll, or Snowshoe in her genetic makeup.
Her family said they always put the kitty first and any media appearances were kept short with limited interactions – she is a cat after all, and cats don’t like to be held by too many people.
“Tardar Sauce is a member of the family before anything else!”
In her short life, she had the chance to hang out with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Ellen von Unwerth, and Shaquille O’Neal.
She was great at traveling, and her owner said she was the “most calm kitty we have ever come across… We have only traveled with her on a few occasions and she usually just sleeps in the soft bed in her pet carrier.”
She made appearances on all the big news shows like the “Today” show and “Anderson.”
She even had a book and a movie based on her, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever,” which aired on Lifetime.
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In the early days of her fame, she made a celebrity appearance at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.
People waited in line for hours to get a photo with the famous grumpy ball of fur. CNN was one of many media outlets to call her the SXSW festival’s biggest star.
Grumpy Cat’s owner, Tabatha Bundesen, created an entire company in light of her cat’s fame – Grumpy Cat Limited.
Many companies bought the rights to use Grumpy Cat’s image on their products. Like these Grumpy Cat sneakers by Skechers.
One company breached the agreement, which resulted in Bundesen being awarded $710,000.
Prior to adopting the perpetually grumpy-looking cat, Bundesen worked as a waitress. After making nearly $100 million in two years, she was able to quit her job waiting on tables.
Despite the fact that Grumpy Cat never smiled, she brought smiles to the faces of so many. She will be forever missed by the world. RIP Tardar Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat.