Internet sensation ‘Grumpy Cat’ passes away

National/World

Chances are, you’ve seen her famous feline frown. Grumpy Cat made many smile and had more than 8.3 million Facebook followers. Her official Facebook page announced the cat’s passing early Friday morning. 

According to the post, Grumpy Cat peacefully died in her owner’s arms on Tuesday morning. 

“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,” the post reads. 

Media outlets report Grumpy Cat was 7 years old.

“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 post goes on. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.” 

The Associated Press reported that Grumpy Cat became an “online phenomenon” after her Arizona owner, Tabatha Bundesen, posted the cat’s pictures in 2012.

She was reportedly awarded more than $700,000 in a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of her identity last year. 

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