Grumpy Cat, a female cat whose real name is Tardar Sauce, the most famous cat on the web, died at the age of seven. The animal had become a celebrity on social media a few years ago with its pouting head.
“Some days are grumpier than others.” In few words, Tabatha announced the sad news for Grumpy Cat fans on Twitter. The animal is dead, it did not survive the complications of a urinary tract infection.
“Grumpy Cat encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too serious for it to overcome,” as we can read in the announcement made Friday morning on Twitter. “Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world”, said the owner, who had 2.4 million followers on Instagram. Plenty of internet users have sent their condolences to Tabatha and its relatives.
In September 2012, someone posted on Reddit an image showing the head of Tardar Sauce, with its contemptuous and pouting look. Quickly, the photo was widely shared, commented and diverted, starting the feline’s rise to stardon. The cat’s daily life consisted of paid appearances and selfies, advertisements, video games, book publication and filming of a Christmas film.
The death of the little Grumpy Cat will probably leave a void in the hearts of her family and her many fans, but the cat still has left a beautiful legacy to its owners before going into cat paradise. In seven years of celebrity, Grumpy has made tens of millions of dollars, according to a private study from 2014. In 2015, it earned an even bigger salary than the famous Kim Kardashian, with almost 90 million dollars. Its American owner, who always accompanied her cat during events such as the unveiling of a wax statue at the Madame Tussauds museum in San Francisco in 2015, never confirmed such sums.
In 2018, its owner Tabatha Bundesen received $ 710,001 in damages from a jury in a federal court in California for breach of image rights, after a coffee company posted its unhappy face on unauthorized products.