The internet pays tribute to Grumpy Cat

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Some rankings estimate Grumpy Cat made $100 million from her film, media appearances, sponsorship deals and merchandise sales.

The internet meme sensation, who has over 12 million followers on social media, has died at the age of 7. She soon became the universal digital shorthand for displeasure, with thousands of memes and gifs of her being circulated online to communicate apathy or cynicism.

Her memorable facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite, according to her owner.

On the cat's website, her owners maintain that Grumpy Cat wasn't grumpy at all.

Grumpy Cat, whose real name is 'Tardar Sauce, ' went viral for her permanent grumpy expression after a photo of her was posted on Reddit by her owner, Tabatha's, brother, Bryan, in September 2012.

Her owners took to Twitter Friday morning, saying Grumpy Cat had complications from a recent urinary tract infection, that "unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome".

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The cat's image was hot property: previous year, a California jury awarded Bundesen's company, Grumpy Cat Limited, damages of $710,001 in a lawsuit against a beverage company that had created an unauthorized line of "Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee" and which was selling Grumppuccino tee-shirts without sharing profits.

Her fame grew to more than 2 million followers on Instagram, more than 1 million on Twitter and more than 8.5 million Facebook fans. Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of the USA coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat's image.

"We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat", Bundesen wrote.

However, according to her owners, she only looked grumpy and acted like a regular cat, ninety-nine percent of the time.

"Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere", she said.

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