The Internet– Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile in the past six years due to her popularity as an internet meme and cat celebrity. She was first discovered in 2012 when her owner’s brother shared a picture of her now-famous frown on Reddit. Sadly, Grumpy Cat passed away this week at the young age of seven.
Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, died on Tuesday morning. The family posted on Twitter, “She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha,” according to Gizmodo.
The cat gained fame for “displaying her constant melancholy demeanor,” and for turning that facial expression into countless memes. Her Facebook has over 8.5 million likes, and her Instagram has more than 2.4 million followers.
Once the Grumpy Cat meme started to gain a following, she traveled the world, making numerous television appearances. These appearances included promotional events with Friskies, Comicon events, and the signing of a TV-movie deal with Lifetime titled “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever." She even appeared on the cover of New York Magazine once.
When Tabatha Bundesen announced the passing of Tardar Sauce, she posted a memorial post on Instagram. It went as follows:
“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.”
Some wondered about Grumpy Cat's net worth at the time of her passing. Estimates ranged from $1 million to $100 million, but Bundesen denied the $100 million estimate.
The sudden passing of Grumpy Cat is a blow to all her fandom. She will live on in online social media forever, making people smile with her frown.