Fans mourn passing of Internet sensation and meme legend Grumpy Cat

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  • Friday, 17 May 2019

Famous Internet feline Grumpy Cat died due to complications from a urinary tract infection on Tuesday (May 14), her owner Tabatha Bundesen and family members announced via Instagram and Twitter May 17.

Grumpy, as she was referred to by her owners in the Instagram post, was seven years old. The post was accompanied with the caption "some days are grumpier than others...".

The cat's many online fans are flocking to social media to express their thoughts over Grumpy Cat's death.

Grumpy had a permanent scowl on her face that inspired a thousand Internet memes to express disdain or unhappiness about any subject in general. Her unusual facial expression for a cat is due to being born with a form of dwarfism. 

She first became a viral Internet sensation in 2012 when Bundesen's brother Bryan posted an image of her on the Reddit website. The photo achieved more than one million views in 48 hours. Soon, it led to media appearances on talks shows like NBC News The Today Show, Anderson Live, American Idol and even WWE's Monday Night Raw. She is also the subject of bestselling books like Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book and The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat. 

She has also appeared in television commercials for products like cereal and endorsed cat food brands. In 2014, Hollywood Reporter stated that Bundensen, a former waitress, was potentially earning up to seven figures with Grumpy as an Internet sensation. She even has an online store with official merchandise. The Daily Mail reported that Grumpy has her own wax figure at the Madame Tussauds museum in London. 

The official Grumpy Cat accounts have 1.5 million followers on Twitter and 2.4 million followers on Instagram. 

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