Beloved Internet Star Grumpy Cat Dies at 7

May 17, 2019

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Beloved internet star Grumpy Cat has died from "complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome," her family and manager announced on Friday in a statement. She was 7. "She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha," the statement from her "unimaginably heartbroken" caretakers went on to say. "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. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.” Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became internet-beloved thanks to her sour facial expression, which came as a result of an underbite and feline dwarfism. She starred in a Lifetime TV special, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, and also had a variety of merchandise, including plush toys, books, comics, and even her own perfume. "Grumpy Cat's biggest secret was that aside from her name, she was the sweetest cat you've ever met,” manager Ben Lashes told Yahoo Entertainment. "She will be missed immensely. Everywhere she went, she brought nothing but happiness."