Grumpy Cat dead: Instagram star of viral memes dies after becoming worth millions

GRUMPY Cat, the viral internet sensation, has died at the age of seven, after forging an Instagram career that has seen her become worth millions of dollars.

The celebrity cat, famed for her sassy internet memes, died after a urinary tract infection on May 14, with the news released today. Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, shot to fame after a photograph of the surly moggy appeared on social news website Reddit. Bryan Bundesen, the brother of Grumpy’s owner Tabatha, posted the image, which was seen by more than 1million people within 48 hours.

Famed for her sarcastic, cynical images and memes, the famous cat had racked up a fortune of £64million after appearing in adverts, in gifts and even releasing her own book and film.

At the time, Grumpy’s owner Tabatha Bundesen from Morristown, Arizona, said: “She’s unstoppable.

"What she’s achieved in such a short time is unimaginable and absolutely mind-blowing.

“I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media and the phone simply hasn’t stopped ringing since.”

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Grumpy cat with Jennifer Lopez

Grumpy cat dead: Famous meme feline dies aged seven (Image: GETTY)

The superstar was given a permanent scowl after being born with feline dwarfism.

She has 2.4million followers on Instagram, travels first class and stays at the very best hotels.

Revealing the news of Grumpy's death, the cat’s owners said: "Some days are grumpier than others...

"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.

Some days are grumpier than others...

— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat)
"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's Family - Tabatha, Bryanand Chrysta.”

Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat found fame on Reddit and Instagram (Image: GETTY)

Grumpy Cat with her owner Tabatha Bundesen

Grumpy Cat with her owner Tabatha Bundesen (Image: GETTY)

Tributes from heartbroken fans poured in following the announcement.

One person tweeted: “Awww. I loved Grumpy Cat. She was funny. You will be greatly missed Tardar Sauce.”

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Another said: “You brought so much joy into so many lives... rest in peace Grumpy Cat.”

A third posted: “Rest in Peace, Grumpy I'll always hold onto the happiness you brought not just to me, but to people everywhere.”