Meme star Grumpy Cat has died, aged 7

Meme star Grumpy Cat has died, aged 7

"Rest in peace Tardar Sauce AKA Grumpy Cat. She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha", a statement read on her Instagram.

Let's have a look back at some of her greatest moments. Within 24 hours, a Reddit post that included images of the cat was trending with more than 25,000 upvotes, according to Know Your Meme, a website that tracks viral Internet content. According to a post on the official Facebook page, the celebrity cat was 7 year old.

Here's what you need to know.

Over the next few years, Grumpy would go on to be featured in print publications like Time, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine.

Tardar Sauce was one of a litter of four kittens born to a calico mother. her father is thought to have been a blue-and-white tabby.

Tabatha Bundesen formed a company to further expand on Grumpy Cat's instant fame. Her image was named as the best meme of 2013 at the Webby Awards dethroning Gangnam style and Harlem Shake.

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Grumpy Cat even landed book deals - and Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book spent 11 weeks on the NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List.

Grumpy Cat, pictured in July 2014. She visited the Broadway cast of Cats. This product was not part of the original contract and Bundesen sued for copyright infringement. She was also a best-selling author.

Grumpy Cat may be gone, but the memes that helped propel her to fame live on. The redacted court document explaining the verdict is embedded below.

The cat's famous scowl was the result of feline dwarfism, her family said, and though she was a mixed breed, her owners were unsure of the specific mix.

Tabatha Bundesen's daughter, Chrystal, is now a teenager.

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