Celebrity internet cat Lil Bub attends the "Lil Bub And Friendz" Tribeca Drive-In Screening during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival
Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

Internet-famous cat Lil Bub dies at 8

On Monday, a message on the popular Instagram account for Lil Bub, a feline who went viral on Tumblr and Reddit, announced that the 8-year-old cat had died.

The polydactyl cat was born in June 2011, and, according to her “human” Mike Bridavsky, she died Sunday after battling an “aggressive bone infection.” Lil Bub was known for her diminutive frame, which was due to her feline dwarfism, and protruding green eyes. She was posted on Tumblr in November 2011, and her popularity would rise to full-on social media stardom with her Facebook page, which garnered 3 million likes. She would eventually be featured on “Good Morning America.” A documentary, “Lil Bub & Friendz,” premiered at Tribeca Film festival in April 2013 and eventually won the festival’s Best Feature Film award.

»RELATED: Grumpy Cat, the frowning feline and internet sensation, dead at 7

For Bridavsky, the internet craze and merchandising juggernaut that would follow Lil Bub could not compare to the impact she made about raising awareness about homeless pets.

“It is impossible to put into words the profound effect that BUB has had on my life, on the lives of thousands of homeless pets, and on the lives of those of you that have cared for her as if she were your own family,” Bridavsky wrote in the post.

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This is my first photo with BUB next our last photo together. On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet. BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.. I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves. It is impossible to put into words the profound effect that BUB has had on my life, on the lives of thousands of homeless pets, and on the lives of those of you that have cared for her as if she were your own family. She taught me everything that I know about unconditional love, she brought my wife Stacy and I together, she's the reason we have our beautiful children Rosco and Lula, and she has been a constant source of warmth and love in our lives for the past 8 years. To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement. But most importantly, BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide. She has literally saved thousands of lives (both pets and humans), she started the first national fund for special needs pets, she was the subject of groundbreaking genetic and biological research, she's helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world. And even though my heart is absolutely crushed by her graceful departure from planet Earth, I know that her sprit, magic, and overwhelming energy are still with us, reminding us every day to be better. Dearest BUB, I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love, or your uncanny ability to bring so much magic and joy to the world. I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams o

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A large portion of the funds garnered from Lil Bub’s merchandising went to animal welfare organizations, Bridavsky said in the post.

“...She's helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world," he wrote.

After the announcement of her death, several fans shared their condolences on social media Monday. Many noted that it was eerie that Lil Bub and fellow viral sensation Grumpy Cat died in the same year.


 

 

 

 

 

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