Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss demeanour became an internet meme sensation, has died at age 7. She soon became the universal digital shorthand for displeasure, with thousands of memes and gifs of her being circulated online to communicate apathy or cynicism.
According to owner Tabitha Bundesen, her facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite.
On the cat's website, her owners maintain that Grumpy Cat wasn't grumpy at all.
Grumpy, who was also known as Tardar Sauce, lived in Phoenix, Arizona with her owners, Tabatha Bundesen, Bryan and Chrystal. "This cat has brought so much joy to mine and millions of other people's lives the last few years", Twitter user Grace wrote. She was voiced by "Parks and Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza. And she was won a plethora of "meme of the year" awards.
Despite her "grumpy" appearance and "Grumpy Cat" nickname Tardar Sauce was fairly good-natured. Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of the USA coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat's image. "We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat", a note posted to the cat's Twitter page on May 17 read.
"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", she said. She's done television commercials for Honey Nut Cheerios and took photos with hundreds of fans at South by Southwest.
Hundreds of fans posted messages of condolences on social media.