The internet is an even sadder place to be now. Grumpy Cat has passed away at the age of 7.
The family of dear Grumpy Cat broke the news on Twitter yesterday.
Some days are grumpier than others… pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019
The perpetually pissed off pussy accomplished more in her 7 short years than most humans, according to CNN. She was not only one of the biggest memes in internet history, but also an author, an award winner, a socialite, a fashionista and a movie star.
(Okay, okay. Maybe we don’t want to remember Grumpy Cat for the Lifetime movie.)
The Internet Mourns Grumpy Cat
While the internet is fiercely divided these days, everyone seemed to agree that the world is a worse place without Grumpy Cat. Even major mainstream media outlets mourned her passing.
The little cat who looked perpetually annoyed and captured the heart of the internet is gone. With the death of Grumpy Cat goes an era in which the internet was more a place of joy than hate, uplift rather than harassment. https://t.co/Mhil2eRT4W pic.twitter.com/fVxMdhsnwI
— WIRED (@WIRED) May 18, 2019
Grumpy Cat's Life in Photos https://t.co/zlbw6uL9tY
— People (@people) May 18, 2019
Rest in peace, Grumpy Cat. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PGHoLOVEHb
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) May 18, 2019
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 18, 2019
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 18, 2019
And my personal favorite…
— Jeeves Williams 🇬🇧🇲🇽🏳️🌈 (@jeeveswilliams) May 17, 2019
Of course, here’s The Onion’s hot take.
The secret origin of Grumpy Cat?
According to Mental Floss, Grumpy was born on April 4, 2012 in Morristown, Arizona.
Grumpy’s unique look comes from feline dwarfism and an underbite. She became an internet sensation when the owners posted a photo of her on Reddit in September 2012.
Grumpy has a brother named Pokey. “He’s black and white, but he does have dwarfism, so he’s super short and cute too,” owner Tabatha said. “His face isn’t as frowny as hers, but he does have an underbite.”
Grumpy Cat’s actual name was Tarder Sauce — not Tartar Sauce. She was apparently called “Tard” for short.
The unofficial theory is that she was originally named “Tard” because, well, reasons. But once she got famous, the owners needed to come up with a (somewhat) plausible reason for calling her that.
The official story is that she was given that name because of Grumpy’s original orangeish coloring and that the owner was working at Red Lobster at the time. (Even the New Yorker seems pretty skeptical. Heh.)
She’ll always be “Grumpy Cat” to most of the world, and she’ll be missed.