Grumpy Cat, the inspiration behind one of the world's most famous memes, has sadly passed away. She was seven years old.
We currently live in a time where it is easier for people to get their five minutes of fame than it ever has been before. Whether that fame comes via a cameo, a viral clip, or an amusing tweet. However, as implied by the "five minutes of fame" quip, that recognition is often fleeting. The next thing to grab everyone's attention will roll around before you know it.
That's why when someone or something outside of the TV and movie world captures our attention for longer than a short period, you know it's something special. Memes come and go almost daily, but the very best of them stick around. The best ones are recognized worldwide. You need look no further than Grumpy Cat for the perfect example of that.
That's why today is an incredibly sad day. Grumpy Cat's owners Tabatha, Bryan, and Chrystal revealed via social media that the much-loved feline, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, has passed away. Grumpy apparently passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning following complications from a urinary tract infection. She was seven years old.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Cats play such a big part in our lives.— Laura (@Laura722) May 17, 2019
Grumpy's fame has extended well beyond just a meme. Since becoming internet famous Grumpy has appeared on TV shows, starred in her own Christmas movie, and even has her own waxwork at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco. What Grumpy fans might not know about the meme-famous cat is why she always looked so, well, grumpy. Tabatha explained that it was actually caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite.
Grumpy doesn't just leave a legacy in meme form, but her fame has also allowed her owners and family a life that they likely never imagined. Tabatha revealed that Grumpy shot to stardom so quickly that she was able to quit her regular job just days after her memes first went viral. Grumpy's owners also won $710,000 in a lawsuit against a coffee company that exceeded its agreed use of Grumpy's image for marketing.