The internet was saddened to hear of the death of viral sensation Grumpy Cat on Friday, but in her passing fans are remembering the permanently frowning feline who brought smiles to millions across the world.
The beloved internet star Grumpy Cat is dead.
Her family knew her as Tardar Sauce, but in 2012 the crabby kitty took the internet by storm and became known worldwide as Grumpy Cat.
On Friday Grumpy Cat's family issued a statement on her official Twitter account informing fans the surly internet darling had passed away peacefully Tuesday morning.
"Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection, that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome," the statement read. "She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday 14, in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha."
"Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough," the family added. "Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere."
Back in 2012 Grumpy Cat rose to internet fame when her owner Tabatha Bundesen's brother shared a photo of her on Reddit.
Grumpy Cat had been born with a form of dwarfism that caused her adorable perpetual scowl.
After the original post the lovable sourpuss instantly rose to the realms internet stardom and soon became a pop-culture icon.
At the time Bundesen had been working as a waitress at a Red Lobster in Arizona, but days later was able to quit her job and establish Grumpy Cat Limited.
Over her lifetime some figures estimate Grumpy Cat may have raked in close to $100 million through appearances and merchandise bearing her famous frown.
But the internet will always remember Grumpy Cat for being the grouchy kitty who brought a smile to millions around the world.
Fans across the internet were hit pretty hard by the news of Grumpy Cat's death.
@TESOnline @RealGrumpyCat https://t.co/bxXEV6pec1— Zouk ! (@Zouk !)1558106552.0
@AnisaJomha @RealGrumpyCat https://t.co/OwjFbIVkNg— Catziilla 🦇 (@Catziilla 🦇)1558108239.0
@RealGrumpyCat https://t.co/mir2HGYjRf— Astro (@Astro)1558126513.0
@RealGrumpyCat You brought so much joy into so many lives... rest in peace Grumpy Cat.— That's Ms. Hath No Fury to you, thanks (@That's Ms. Hath No Fury to you, thanks)1558085310.0
@RealGrumpyCat https://t.co/QlP8N2iKmQ— cast☆r (@cast☆r)1558125677.0
But many choose to remember Grumpy Cat as they knew her, the face that launched a million memes.
@nowthisnews Too soon.. RIP you adorable grumpy fluff ball.. https://t.co/uynUfafDQJ— CD (@CD)1558117477.0
I was sad to hear the passing of #GrumpyCat, so to pay my respects, here are my 2 most faves from her... #RIPGrumpy https://t.co/UKsGBhHZPx— Tina 🍿🍌 Bobina (@Tina 🍿🍌 Bobina)1558149547.0
@nowthisnews What do we say to the god of death? https://t.co/SF8lLUGBNu— ᔕ£Ⓘn̴̢̯͕͓̉̀̈́͂̈́̌̆͆ͅ𝔾𝓉𝔴i̷ ᖶ (@ᔕ£Ⓘn̴̢̯͕͓̉̀̈́͂̈́̌̆͆ͅ𝔾𝓉𝔴i̷ ᖶ)1558129548.0
RIP Grumpy Cat. https://t.co/0l33Qfd1tJ— Terri Irwin (@Terri Irwin)1558146005.0
Finally fans said farewell, comforted by the thought that Grumpy Cat was in a better place and hating every minute of it.
End of an era. Rip #GrumpyCat https://t.co/nobsv2Xxd0— Mr Puddins 🐐🦁🐉 (@Mr Puddins 🐐🦁🐉)1558136740.0
R.I.P., Grumpy Cat. Say hi to Stan for us. https://t.co/QJ6LxCT6nN— Suffering Sappho (@Suffering Sappho)1558105442.0
R.I.P. Grumpy Cat 😿#grumpycatRIP https://t.co/W37gFpMua4— CristalL❤ (@CristalL❤)1558139419.0
All cats go to heaven 😇 Hope you don't hate it too much there, Grumpy Cat. 💔 Rest in Peace, @realgrumpycat. Thank y… https://t.co/vMckByHbx3— Meowingtons (@Meowingtons)1558126500.0