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Internet star Grumpy Cat dies at age of seven

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

"Cat" has died at the age of seven, her owners said early Friday.

"We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Cat," they said in a statement on

The famous feline, whose frowning visage endeared her to millions of fans across and saw her photographed with celebrities including and Jennifer Lopez, passed away Tuesday "in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha" at her home in

"Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome," they said.

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

Hundreds of fans posted messages of condolences on

"Rest in peace, darling. Your scowl towards me was one of the best moments of my life," posted on

The mixed-breed cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, found fame when a photo of her as a kitten was posted on Reddit in September 2012, her website says.

"Her petite size and famous face is likely due to feline dwarfism and her rear end wobbles a bit when she walks due to this; otherwise she is a perfect little kitty!"

Despite her permanent frown, she was "super cute and cuddly."

has 8.5 million fans on Facebook, 2.5 million followers on and 1.5 million on

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 16:31 IST