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Grumpy Cat, beloved internet celebrity, has died

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FILE – This Dec. 1, 2015 file photo shows Grumpy Cat posing for a photo in Los Angeles. Grumpy Cat is joining the cast of the Broadway musical “Cats” on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The kitty with the comical frown “will be worked into the end of the show and will become an honorary Jellicle […]

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The internet legend — who created beloved memes — has died.

Grumpy Cat passed away on Tuesday at the age of 7, according to a statement posted Friday on the animal’s official Twitter account by her owners.

The grouchy-faced furball encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection, which became too tough for her to overcome.

The statement from her owners said in part:

“Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people small all around the world — even when times were tough. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”

Her owner Tabitha Bundesen previously said that Grumpy Cat’s facial expression was due to feline dwarfism and an underbite.

The cat, whose real name was Tarder Sauce, became an internet meme star and traveled the world because of it. Her Twitter account has 1.5 million followers and her Instagram has more than 2 million. 

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