Grumpy Cat is DEAD.

The world's crankiest cat with a permanent scowl that has inspired countless memes, a best-selling series of books and a movie has passed away, aged seven.
Grumpy Cat, owned by Tabatha Bundesen from Morristown, Arizona shot to fame in 2012 in a YouTube video that got 15.7 million views and earned more than Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Matthew McConaughey during her time in the spotlight. Even amassing a reported $100M fortune was not enough to put a smile on the face of the internet sensation – real name Tardar Sauce - who was born with dwarfism and an underbite, giving her a disgruntled expression. Her family took to Instagram this morning to announce the news that she'd died on Tuesday from a urinary tract infection, saying: 'Some days are grumpier than others'.Heartbroken fans have rushed to pay tribute to the much-loved pet online, with one summing up the feelings of many by writing: 'We are all a bit of you.'

A statement released by Grumpy Cat's owners read: ‘We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat. ‘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. ‘She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha. ‘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.’ ‘Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.’
Grumpy Cat became an instant online sensation in September 2012, when Tabatha’s brother Bryan uploaded photos showing off the cat's now-iconic scowl to the sub-Reddit r/pics. Reddit users responded in their thousands, instantly creating Photoshopped images of Grumpy and sharing amusing memes of her on other platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. An image uploaded to Imgur reached a staggering 1,030,000 views in its first 48 hours on the site. In response to the pandemic of interest in her unusual looking feline, Tabatha uploaded a video of Tardar Sauce to YouTube to prove her face hadn’t been Photoshopped. Racking up more millions of views, the legend of Grumpy Cat was officially born. Owner Tabatha then quit her job as a waitress at Red Lobster to manage Grumpy's career and said the phone 'never stopped ringing' from then on in. Grumpy’s first taste of super-stardom came during her participation at the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. Attendees stood in line for hours hoping to take a selfie with her, but even the fanfare wasn’t enough to turn Grumpy’s frown upside down. Tabatha credits Grumpy Cat for completely changing her life and the rest of her family's too.'[I'd] been waitressing for 10 years, barely making ends meet,' she said in a 2014 interview. 'Now I get to travel with the cat, and I’m homeschooling Crystal, so we get to spend more time together. I hardly ever saw my brother before all this happened, maybe once or twice in 10 years, and now I get to see him every couple months at least. 'It's a huge positive change. Plus, there's the joy that Grumpy Cat is spreading or grumpiness. But really, everybody’s smiling.'