Grumpy cat, a feline pet that became famous online for its scowling facial expression, has died at age seven, according to its owners.
In a statement, its owner Tabatha Bundesen announced that the cat died on Tuesday (May 14) following complications from a recent urinary tract infection.
“We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loses of our beloved Grumpy Cat. 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,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“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 post reads.
According to Tabitha, the pet’s facial expression is a result of a feline dwarfism.
Grumpy, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, gained internet stardom in 2012 after photographs of its scowling face emerged on social media.
The cat was featured in lucrative deals, including a brand of iced coffee and became the face of a cat food. It also made appearance on Broadway and starred in a film.
Grumpy Cat has 1.5 million followers on Twitter and more than 2.4 million followers on Instagram.
Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic lead singer and chief songwriter of the 1970s and 80s hook-heavy hitmakers The Cars, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 75.
Ocasek was pronounced dead at his townhouse after someone called 911 about 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) to report that he was unresponsive, a New York Police Department spokesman said. The cause of death will be determined by the city’s coroner.
His representatives could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
The Cars scored their first top-20 single, “Let’s Go,” in 1979 and launched a succession of hits throughout the 1980s such as “Shake It Up” and “Drive,” always identifiable through Ocasek’s distinctive vocals.
The band was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
After the final dissolution of the Cars, Ocasek, who often spoke of his dislike for touring, produced dozens of albums, released solo material, wrote poetry and made visual art.
Ocasek was married three times and had six sons, two from each relationship.
His third wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, announced on May 2018 that the couple had separated after 28 years of marriage. (REUTERS)
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