Entertainment

Internet star Grumpy Cat dead at 7

Posting on social media Friday, Grumpy Cat's owners wrote she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and "passed away peacefully" Tuesday "in the arms of her mommy."

The feline, known to her owners as Tardar Sauce, died from urinary tract complications

Grumpy Cat became the stuff of Hollywood legends. The cat, shown in Los Angeles in 2015, began attracting widespread attention three years earlier. She died earlier this week. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss demeanour became an internet meme sensation, has died at age 7.

Posting on social media Friday, Grumpy Cat's owners wrote she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and "passed away peacefully" Tuesday "in the arms of her mommy.

"Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times were tough."

The cat — real name was Tardar Sauce — rose to fame after photos were posted online in 2012. Grumpy Cat had more than two million followers on Instagram and more than one million on Twitter.

The animal's website says her grumpy look was likely because she had a form of dwarfism.

Owner Tabatha Bundesen founded Grumpy Cat Limited, and the cat made numerous appearances, including commercials.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.