Sad face: Arizona’s Grumpy Cat dies after illness at age 7
PHOENIX – Grumpy Cat, the Arizona pet whose frowning face delighted the internet for the past few years, has died at age 7.
Grumpy Cat’s owners posted to social media Friday that the Phoenix-area animal star had “passed away peacefully … in the arms of her mommy” earlier this week.
The note said the cat had died Tuesday from complications of a urinary tract infection.
The cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, first gained attention from her Morristown, Arizona, home in 2012, when owner Tabatha Bundesen first posted photos of the sourpuss.
No matter the situation, whether she was sitting in an Easter basket, wearing Santa hats or having her photo taken with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, Grumpy mostly looked angry or bored.
And people loved it.
She had more than 2 million followers on Instagram and more than 1 million on Twitter.
The cat’s popularity turned into business – a movie, commercials, toys, endorsements, appearances and clothing, among many ventures.
Her likeness was on dispay in Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum in San Francisco.
The family’s online bio of the cat said, “Her petite size and famous face is likely due to feline dwarfism.”
The internet said goodbye in its own unique way.