‘Twibutes’ pour in for famous feline, dead at 7
Internet sensation, Grumpy Cat, the originator of countless memes, is dead at just seven. According to a statement posted on her official Twitter account on Friday 17 May 2019, she died of complications from a urinary tract infection.
“She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha.” The post read.
Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, rocketed to stardom in 2012 when pictures of her trademark pouting face, the product of a genetic mutation, went viral. So popular did the cat curmudgeon become, her owner, Tabatha Bundesen from Arizona in the US, quit her job as a waitress to manage her pet’s career full time, negotiating a series of lucrative personal appearances, product endorsements and book deals.
Fans of the famous feline wasted no time in blanketing social media with tributes, giving birth to several new internet memes in the process.
Some, Twitter users like @Bdizz17 and @whitney_young1 chose to focus on Grumpy Cat’s relative young age at the time of her death.
Many, like @shoptb1 were deeply affected by the news.
Some took a more humorous tack, like @ohplease_DEAR likening her passing to a superhero’s.
Others, like @wecampbell and @_thezk_, compared it to the recent deaths of human celebreties.
Grumpy Cat had more than 2.4 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers on Twitter at the time of her death. – GeekWire.co,za