Grumpy Cat, who is famous on the internet for her permanent scowl, has died at the age of seven. Her owners released a statement confirming the news last night.
A statement on the official Grumpy Cat Twitter page revealed that the cat died on Tuesday. She had been suffering from complications from a recent urinary tract infection.
Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, lived in Arizona. She went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online and the pictures were quickly edited into memes.
Her owner Tabitha Bundesen revealed that Grumpy Cat's facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism. Together with her owners, she traveled the world to make television appearances.
In 2014, she even starred in her own Christmas film. The famous cat was immortalized by Madame Tussauds in San Francisco in 2015 as a wax figurine.
In 2018, her owners won a $710,000 (£555,000) payout in a copyright lawsuit. "Grumpy Cat Limited" sued the owners of the US coffee company "Grenade" after the company exceeded an agreement over the cat's image.
The company only had the rights to use the cat to sell its "Grumppuccino" iced drink. However, they used the image to sell other Grumpy products.
Ms. Bundesen previously worked as a waitress. She told Express newspaper that she quit her job "within days" of Grumpy's first appearance on social media.