The internet is mourning after the owners of popular internet pet Grumpy Cat announced that the famous feline had passed away.
Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, first found fame on the internet after an image of her was posted on Reddit back in 2012.
The image went viral, and eventually became a massively popular meme, often used to make jokes about things people didn’t like.
On May 17, owner Tabatha Bundesen released a statement on Twitter that confirmed their beloved pet had passed away three days earlier on May 14, due to complications from a recent urinary tract infection.
Despite the best efforts from professionals, Grumpy Cat passed away in Tabatha’s arms in their home.
In the post, Grumpy Cat’s owners stated that “her spirit will continue to live on through her fans,” and that besides being a “cherished member of the family,” she had also helped “millions of people smile all around the world - even when times were tough.”
Some days are grumpier than others... pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019
In the wake of the announcement, many have expressed their sorrow, as they mourn the passing of one of the most recognizable animals on the internet.
Some stated that they were “heartbroken” at the loss, passing their sympathies on to the family at this difficult time.
Heartbroken 😥😥😥 Sending my love to Tabatha and all your family. That came as quite the shock 🖤🌈— Fran O'Reilly (@ShadEO9) May 17, 2019
You brought so much joy into so many lives... rest in peace Grumpy Cat.— That's Ms. Hath No Fury to you, thanks (@hburgur) May 17, 2019
This past week really has sucked.— Ross O'Donovan (@RubberNinja) May 17, 2019
Rest in peace you amazing feline, you will be missed.
Oh no... I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her with us. 😔💔🐾— Susie Olivier 🌈 (@skybed) May 17, 2019
Others shared fond memories of Grumpy Cat, including pictures from those who met Grumpy Cat around the world and managed to snag a photo with the beloved pet.
RIP grumpy cat. I was lucky to meet you in London. pic.twitter.com/T3wZCM1UZS— Mattie (@MattieStar26) May 17, 2019
Users on Reddit, where Grumpy Cat first rose to prominence, have also shared their sorrow, with a post on the /r/dankmemes subreddit stating that she will “live on forever in our hearts.”
The mourning for Grumpy Cat will continue throughout the day, as many fondly remember the cat as the grumpy face of memes in the early 2010s.