Internet mourns as Grumpy Cat dies

Grumpy Cat is dead at 7. A confirmation that being happy leads to a longer life. Or maybe not.

We don’t really know if Grumpy Cat, whose visage spoke for us every Monday morning and during the dark times, was grumpy. The family says Grumpy Cat loved belly rubs.

Whatever. A urinary tract infection doesn’t care what mood a cat is in.

“Some days are grumpier than others,” Grumpy Cat’s twitter account said in announcing the passing.

Grumpy Cat was the look of contempt, the New York Times said.

Many cats have had moments of mini-fame on the internet, but few, if any, have had the reach and staying power of Grumpy Cat. She first rose to prominence six years ago, after her owner posted a photo to Reddit, captioned “Meet grumpy cat.”

The sourpuss with the piercing look of contempt quickly became a meme, and placing bold words above and below her frown became a common way for humans to express grumpy thoughts.

Perhaps the most famous: “I had fun once. It was awful.”

Grumpy Cat beat “Gangnam Style” and “Harlem Shake” for Meme of the Year in 2013.

Grumpy Cat is survived by a family that made a ton of money off its feline dwarfism.

  • AL287

    I lost my lovable cat Fourth of July (July) 9 years ago due to sudden liver failure and my beloved Maine Coon, Bitsy just a year ago to cancer.

    July was 7 and Bitsy was 12.

    July’s death was unexpected and traumatic as I had to put him down on a travel nurse assignment in 2010. The nurse manager was positively awful about the whole business and was incensed that I had to miss a day of work and brought it up every chance she got. It was a hospice agency no less!

    Needless to say I didn’t stay on that assignment long.

    When you’re facing a crisis, a loving pet companion can make the world less imposing and stressful. Bitsy and July did that for me and so much more.

    If you ever want a cat that can take anything a young child can throw at it, I highly recommend a Maine Coon or a Maine Coon mix.

    They are one of the most docile cats on the planet.

    Pets are family members and losing them is just as traumatic as human members.

    My condolences to Tabitha and her family.

  • Rob

    GC’s visage was indeed the epitome of dourness and contempt. But I’m guessing GC was smiling inwardly at having provided boatloads of Benjamins to her people. GC has undoubtedly gone to cat heaven, where she’s hangin’ with the beloved – but never seen – feline from the “Friends” TV show, Smelly Cat.