(CBS News) – Grumpy Cat, the world-famous feline whose scowl is used on memes everywhere, died at the age of 7, her family said in a statement on Friday. The cat, whose real name is Salder Tarder, became an Internet sensation after her photo went viral.
Despite the attention of the best professionals and loved ones, his family said that Grumpy Cat died on Tuesday in the arms of its owner, Tabatha, after complications with a recent infection in the urinary tract. His memory will live with his fans.
"In addition to being our baby and a valued member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all over the world, even when times are tough and their spirit will continue to live through their fans everywhere." said the statement. Grumpy Cat was initially known on the Reddit link exchange website in 2012, and quickly went viral. The original image loaded got a million visits in its first two days on the Imgur photo hosting site.
Known for his sullen frown, the picture of the cat is often accompanied by equally sour legends. His popularity led to t-shirts, calendars, wrapping paper and a great-selling book available in 14 languages, and even an agent.
In 2014, Grumpy Cat starred in a television movie on LifeTime called "Grumpy Cat & Worst Christmas Ever". The film is about a cat from the pet store that is always overlooked and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her. Grumpy Cat was expressed by the actress "Parks and Recreation" Aubrey Plaza.
Almost a year later, Madame Tussauds in San Francisco put together a Grumpy Cat waxwork that is animatronic, with five different movements.
The internet star now has millions of followers on social networks. His fans were devastated to hear the news of his death.
"Rest in peace, incredible feline, we will miss you," wrote a Twitter user.
Another said: "Favorable memories of your beautiful grumpy face, your life was too short."
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