Grumpy Cat dies; internet sensation ‘helped millions of people smile all around the world’

Grumpy Cat poses for a photo in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 2015.
(Richard Vogel / Associated Press)

Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss demeanor became an internet sensation, has died, her owners said Friday.

Posting on social media, the 7-year-old feline’s owners wrote that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and “passed away peacefully” Tuesday “in the arms of her mommy.”

For the record:

7:20 p.m. May 18, 2019A previous version of this article misspelled Grumpy Cat’s real name, Tardar Sauce, as Tarder Sauce.

Her owners said, “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times were tough.”


The cat’s real name was Tardar Sauce, and she rose to fame after her photos were posted online in 2012. She had more than 2 million followers on Instagram and more than 1 million on Twitter.

Her website says her grumpy look was probably because she had a form of dwarfism.

Owner Tabatha Bundesen founded Grumpy Cat Limited, and the cat made numerous appearances, including commercials.