Lil Bub, the internet celebrity cat who brought joy to millions of fans, has died.
Her owner, Mike Bridavsky, announced her death on social media today in a post. She passed peacefully in her sleep, at eight years old.
Born as the runt of her litter with a form of feline dwarfism, Lil Bub’s genetic mutations gave her the unique features of looking like a permanent kitten, and a toothless jaw that left her tongue adorably hanging out.
She’s been the subject of a genetic research campaign to better understand gene mutations,
She helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need through partnerships with organizations like the ASPCA.
One of the many viral celebrity pets in the decade, alongside pals like Grumpy Cat and Keyboard Cat.
Lil Bub has even dabbled in a music career, appearing in a track alongside Snoop Dogg on Meow the Jewels, a cat-sound remix album of Run the Jewels 2,and released her own album called Science & Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe, which Andrew W.K. gave a glowing endorsement.
Shortly after, she made the front page of Reddit, and she became so popular that owner Mike Bridavsky began selling merch like plushies, T-shirts, and calendars with her face on them.
Bridavsky says he’s donated the bulk of the proceeds to animal rescue groups and adoption centers.
In his parting message to Lil Bub, Bridavsky writes, “I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams often.”
GOOD JOB BUB.