Grumpy Cat, The Viral Internet Sensation, Has Passed Away At The Tender Age Of 7

The internet is remembering the star with hundreds of memes.

Grumpy Cat has passed away

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Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, silence the pianos and with muffled drum, bring out the Grumpy Cat, let the mourners come.

Yep folks, the dreaded day has come — Grumpy Cat, AKA Tardar Sauce, AKA the very first meme so many of us clapped our eyes upon — has passed away. For a feline, Grumpy had a pretty short innings; she was seven when she died of complications following a urinary tract infection, whereas many cats live to significantly older than that. Her death was announced, fittingly, on Twitter, where for a certain kind of social media user she is a goddess.

“Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times were tough,” goes the death announcement. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”

Even more fitting, however, is the outporing of emotion on the site, which has come in a form recognisable to all denizens of the corners of the internet where the feline found her fame — memes.

Yep, in the online version of a 12-gun salute, the cat has been valorised with a series of exploitable images commemorating her valour, her struggle, and her life.

Even some celebrities are sharing tales of their own meetings with her: Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead and Grumpy of Snow White And The Seven Dwarves fame are both getting in on the act.

But perhaps the most impressive tribute of them all is an article by journalist Kelli Bender, who sums up the Grumpy Cat phenomenon in one striking headline: “I Was Lucky Enough to Meet Grumpy Cat 4 Times, and I Am a Better Person for It.”

What more can be added to that, really?

Rest in perpetually grumpy and sour-looking peace, you wonderful cat.