There are plenty of memes available on the internet. Some of them are funny for a short while, but there are some that go on and become classics where they are still used years later. The “Grumpy Cat” meme is one of them, but it seems that in sad news, the cat behind the Grumpy Cat meme has passed away.
In a post on Twitter by her owners, it was announced that Grumpy Cat had passed away due to health complications at age 7. The post reads, “Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome. She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha.”
For those who somehow are unfamiliar with this meme, the Grumpy Cat meme pictured a cat that had somehow been born with a naturally-looking grumpy face, hence the name. Photos of the cat was used to create memes that expressed displeasure in general, and combine that with its grumpy face and the internet’s love for cats, it was easy to see how it became such a classic meme.
Some days are grumpier than others… pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019
The meme later inspired the creation of merchandise such as shoes, comics, art projects, and more, and also later went on to become the official “spokescat” for Friskies.