‘Grumpy Cat’, Internet’s famous died at age of seven
Grumpy Cat, one of the most famous cats on the internet, died this week from complications with an infection of the urinary tract. She was just over the age of seven. The owners of Grumpy Cat announced her death on social media, with a post celebrating how her unique disposition “helped millions around the world to smile.”
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The world's most famous cat and internet legend, Grumpy Cat has passed away. The seven-year-old cat, real name Tardar Sauce became one of the internet’s first “petfluencers” after gaining fame online for her perpetual look of disdain launching an empire worth millions. #GrumpyCat #Cat #PetFluencers #Pet #Internet #Sensation #Internetsensation #worldmostfamous #futuretv
The cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, rose to fame in 2012, when she was only five months old after a Reddit post went viral. Grumpy Cat quickly became a meme, with image macros on top of the viral photo playing off her remarkably unpleasant appearance. Her owners said that the feline dwarfism is due to her perpetual frown and small size.
Some days are grumpier than others… pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019
While many cats were famous online, the standing of Grumpy Cat in the Online Cats pantheon is unique. For most cats, their fame rests entirely in a specific, memeable picture for which they are known, see the keyboard or lime cat. But Grumpy Cat was a meme for herself, because everywhere she went, her look was carried with her.
That made Grumpy Cat a cultural phenomenon that far surpassed the internet. She appeared on talk shows at her height, drew crowds at SXSW, and appeared in Cheerios and Friskies promotions.
The internet will always have famous cats, but few will attain the status that Grumpy Cat did. She was a walking meme, proof that the internet’s often bizarre and nonsensical humor could translate beyond a screen.