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Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat Passes Away

NEW YORK - FEB 15, 2015: Grumpy Cat attends the 2015 Toyfair at the Jacob Javitz Center on February 15, 2015 in New York. - Image

Grumpy Cat, a house pet famous for its narrowed eyes and unsatisfied facial expressions, died earlier this week.

Despite receiving the best veterinarian care possible, Grumpy Cat succumbed to complications from a recent infected urinary tract. Her owners made an official announcement Friday on Twitter, expressing their grief as they are “heartbroken” by the passing.

It’s amazing how much an unhappy looking cat can change the course of the internet. It all started in 2012 when the owner’s brother took a photo of her disgruntled look and uploaded it to Reddit. Within two days, the world began circulating the picture with countless Photoshopped alterations, and Grumpy Cat became an overnight sensation.

Her instant celebrity status helped her become the official ambassador for the cat food business Friskies, while other companies pay large sums to stamp her image on merchandise like shoes, clothing, and even comics. Over the course of her fame, the Grumpy Cat has also amassed over 1.5 million followers on Twitter, 2.4 million on Instagram, and 8.5 million on Facebook.

It’s a purrr-ty big lifetime achievement for a home cat. RIP, you furry angel.

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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