Grumpy Cat, The Legendary Meme Sensation, Has Died At Age 7

May 17, 2019

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Grumpy cat, the internet feline whose mean-looking face went viral, has passed away. She was 7.

Her real name was Tardar Sauce. Her rise to internet fame began all the way back in 2012, when Bryan Bundesen, brother of owner Tabatha Bundeson, posted a pic of the unhappy-looking cat on Reddit.

The post garnered millions of views in just a few days, and from there the legend of Grumpy Cat was born. Not only did Grumpy Cat become one of the most popular memes of all time, she made the rounds on TV shows ranging from Good Morning America to American Idol and The Bachelorette. Grumpy Cat was also able to land a sponsorship deal with Friskies.

On top of merchandise including books, mugs and t-shirts, Grumpy Cat was so beloved she even got her own special on Lifetime called Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.

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"Besides being our baby, and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world," Grumpy Cat's family said in a statement. "Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere."