Heaven has gained another angel this week, following the death of social media sensation Grumpy Cat, according to British newspaper The Independent.
Her owners confirmed on Twitter that the cat, also known as Tartar Sauce, loved by many for her “grumpy” face died at the age of seven.
The internet meme sensation garnered more than 1.5 million Twitter followers and 2.4 million Instagram followers.
Her owners said in the Twitter announcement that she passed away on Tuesday “at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha.”
“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,” the statement 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. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”
Grumpy lived with her owners Tabatha, Bryan, and Chrystal in Phoenix, Arizona. She first stole the hearts of users on the internet after Bryan posted a photo of her at four months old on Reddit in 2012. Ever since, she has been the inspiration for hundreds of thousands of memes, particularly for her permanent facial expression that is likely caused by feline dwarfism.
She even has a manager, Ben Lashes, who once called her a “seven-figure cat.” Lashes estimated that Grumpy brought her owners around $100 million in revenue.
Many on social media are mourning the loss of Grumpy Cat. As one user wrote on Twitter, “I loved this cat. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting her once and I will never forget it.
“I learned much from her and am deeply saddened and devastated to hear of her passing. Love you Tardar Sauce! Long live Grumpy Cat!”