On Tuesday, May 14, Grumpy passed away at the age of 7. The popular feline was a household name with a number of merchandises and a book after her among others. She will be sorely missed.
In today's dose of grumpy news, one of our favorite furry felines has bid adieu to this world. The Grumpy Cat, who first rose to fame in 2012, has died at the age of 7. After making the rounds on the internet through hilarious memes, she became a household name that no one can forget. That's what struck us so hard when Grumpy's caretakers (Tabatha Bundesen, brother Bryan Bundesen, and daughter Crystal Bundesen) announced her demise on Friday via a Twitter post.
Some days are grumpier than others... pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019
The residents of Morristown, Arizona, conveyed a heartfelt message of this tragic news to her 12.4 million followers on social media networks. Explaining the reason behind her death, they stated that their beloved cat had died from complications from a urinary tract infection that "unfortunately became too tough to overcome." Grumpy's family also consulted "top professions" to get her better but sadly nothing worked in the end. They added further that their beloved Grumpy died "peacefully" in the arms of Tabatha on Tuesday morning.
"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," the family wrote confessing their love for the feline who was born on April 4, 2012. "Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere," they continued. This message was posted along with a grumpy photograph of their cat which was simply captioned: "Some days are grumpier than others."
Her owner Bryan decided to post a picture of their cat who was then known as Tardar Sauce on Reddit. It was September 22, 2012, that she rose to fame after her picture quickly made the rounds on the internet several times. To Bryan's surprise, his post was viewed by over 1 million people in just 48 hours. Soon, the unhappy picture of the kitty could be seen everywhere. People either used it for memes or shared if for it's unique grumpy cuteness. And that's how Grumpy Cat was born to our delight.
PEOPLE reports the famous kitty was invited for an interview by multiple talk shows and news channels like Anderson Live, The Soup, and Good Morning America. Goals and dreams that we humans want to achieve in life seemed like a piece of cake for Grumpy as she lived the dream and accomplished more than most of us can in a lifetime. Lucky for her, she got to make an appearance of Today as well. Reality shows like The Bachelorette and Americal Idol, too, had her over as a guest. She also popped up in the Disney Channel's Bizaardvark and WWE Monday Night Raw.
After a whole lot of recognition, came in the sponsorship deals. The notable pet food company Purina jumped at this opportunity and plastered her serious looks on their cat-specific line of products called Friskies. Well, that's not all, the feline star also bagged a television commercial for Honey Nut Cheerios. In addition, Chronicle Books published Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book, which also made it to the bestsellers list of The New York Times. Inspired by this, a Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever was released. Her personality was perfectly matched by the voiceover of Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza.
#grumpycatRIP— Marba (@marba_evopic) May 17, 2019
It's been a really grumpy day, since I heard this news. Cats are life and tartar sauce was apart of bringing joy to a lot of lives. You'll be greatly missed, little grumpy one. pic.twitter.com/2emxx5Ecji
She became the first genuine kitty to appear in Andrew Llyod Webber's Cats making Broadway history. Of course, she had several merchandises like stickers, plush toys, paper doll sets, comic books, t-shorts, video game apps to her name. There was also had an iced beverage named after her. Called the Grumppuccino, this coffee was created using a mix of premium Arabian coffee and milk.
There was a point of time when Grumpy's estimated worth was supposed to be $1 million. Her grumpy face that made her famous wasn't her actual personality. During an interview with USA Today, 33-year-old Tabatha said, "She’s very sweet and docile." She also explained that dwarfism made her look the way she was. "Misery loves company," she continued. "People feel if Grumpy’s having a bad day, too, they can use her as a way to communicate their negative feelings."