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

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.”

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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.

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