The cat's image was hot property: previous year, a California jury awarded Bundesen's company, Grumpy Cat Limited, damages of $710,001 in a lawsuit against a beverage company that had created an unauthorized line of "Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee" and which was selling Grumppuccino tee-shirts without sharing profits. The internet legend who has graced memes and the big screen has died.
Grumpy Cat has died aged seven. She was 7 years old. Since then, she became the subject of countless memes, a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial, book deals and even a Lifetime movie.
"I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media and the phone simply hasn't stopped ringing since".
"She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy".
"Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile around the world - even when times were tough".
"Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere", she said.
Tardar Sauce, as Grumpy was known to her family, rose to fame in 20212 after her photograph was posted on Reddit.
Her memorable facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite, according to her owner.
All here Daily Star online would like to express our condolences to the owners friends and fans of Grumpy Cat, the only GC that really matters. Her owners said it was suggested the photo was a fake, so they posted a few videos to prove otherwise.
At the time of her death, she had more than 8.3 million followers on Facebook, 2.5 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers on Twitter.