2019 has not been kind to famous cats on the Internet. Earlier this year we lost Grumpy cat, and now we have learned that Lil Bub passed away unexpectedly yesterday, December 1st, 2019 at the age of 8.
Lil Bub was a polydactyl cat born with quite a few genetic abnormalities including feline dwarfism, osteoporosis, and a disease that left her permanently a kitten. Besides being adorable, Bub published a book, hosted a web series, and recorded music with the likes of Andrew W.K., Run the Jewels, and Surfer Blood. She also raised over $700,00 dollars for homeless and special needs cats.
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
People have taken to Twitter to mourn the death of one of the best internet-famous cats ever.
Lil bub passed away. I'm sad pic.twitter.com/3JZo6jpsWm— Melody (@mel_o_dee) December 2, 2019
you know what lil bub did that was really fucking cool? reminded us all that we’re a bunch of beautiful freaks and how special it is to be a beautiful freak.— dedicated to JVs who came feet first (@JVeezus) December 2, 2019
You guys, Lil Bub went back to space this morning and I am at work crying at my desk. RIP Lil Bub. You meant so much to me for so long??? pic.twitter.com/gJrZm7fRRb— Cannibal Pixie (@PandoraSol_) December 2, 2019
Lil Bub has left this plane of existence.— Kyle Gaddo (@kylegaddo) December 2, 2019
Thank you for bringing so much joy into this world, you sweet, goofy creature.
In our hearts always. pic.twitter.com/rbHbAoeKeR
R.I.P. Lil Bub pic.twitter.com/vkIkYMCECd— Chairface Chippendale Fan Account (@mischafoster) December 2, 2019
rip lil bub "the thinking mans grumpy cat"— jonhendrenPeaceful (@fart) December 2, 2019