Internet meme Grumpy Cat dies after making people smile 'when times were tough'
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"Grumpy Cat," the viral internet sensation known for her permanent scowl and sardonic memes, has died, her family confirmed on Friday.

Grumpy Cat's family said in a statement shared from the cat’s Twitter page early Friday that she died due to complications from a urinary tract infection.

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

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“She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabitha,” the post continued.

The cat, whose actual name is Tardar Sauce, became one of the most well-known internet cats after her owner posted a photo to Reddit six years ago, titled "Meet grumpy cat."

Grumpy Cat's image was named Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webby Awards.

Many took to social media to share their condolences with the family.

“Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times were tough,” the family said.

“Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere," they added.