A pet cat who became a meme and an Internet star thanks to the grumpy expression on her face has died. The owners of Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, confirmed the news today that the animal died at home May 14 following complications from a urinary tract infection. Grumpy Cat was 7 years old.
The cat’s owners posted an announcement about the cat’s death on the animal’s official Facebook page, which you can see below.
Grumpy Cat, who lived in Morristown, Ariz., reportedly had more than 8 million followers on Facebook, along with 2.4 million on Instagram and 1.5 million on Twitter, by recent counts. She was a frequent guest on television shows, including appearances on NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “CBS Evening News,” “The Bachelorette,” “American Idol,” “The Soup,” “WWE Monday Night Raw” and “Anderson Live.”
The cat was also at the center of a merchandising empire, had a Friskies sponsorship and appeared on commercials for Honey Nut Cheerios.
Here’s the announcement posted today by Grumpy Cat’s owners …