Grumpy Cat dies and the internet mourns

Grumpy Cat poses on the set as she makes her broadway debut in Cats on Broadway at The Neil Simon Theatre

Grumpy Cat, the famous feline known for her permanent scowl, has died at age seven, according to her owners. She soon became the universal digital shorthand for displeasure, with thousands of memes and gifs of her being circulated online to communicate apathy or cynicism. Then in 2013, Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza gave voice to Grumpy Cat in the Lifetime holiday movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever.

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. Bundesen was a Red Lobster waitress before Grumpy Cat's rocket to stardom.

The famous kitty, whose appearance comes from feline dwarfism and whose real name is Tardar Sauce, prompted the rise of influencer pets online. She has been named 2012's most influential cat by MSNBC.

Despite care from top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection, the family said on Twitter.

The branded merchandising, which included pillows, pens, mugs and bags, as well as the sponsorship and media deals were estimated to have made her owner, Tabatha Bundesen of Arizona, a wealthy woman.

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Grumpy's owners have never revealed how much money she made but experts think she's worth anywhere from $1 million to $100 million. "We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat", a note posted to the cat's Twitter page on May 17 read.

"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".

Our thoughts are with Grumpy's loved ones and her fans at this hard time.

Hundreds of fans posted messages of condolences on social media.

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