Internet famous cat Lil Bub has sadly passed away at the age of eight.
The beloved feline acquired over 2.4 million Instagram followers after rising to fame in 2012 when she appeared on the front page of Reddit.
Lil Bub‘s owners took to the cat’s official Instagram
“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,” he wrote.
He continued, “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.”
Lil Bub‘s owners went on to thank her followers who “cared for her as if she were your own family” and noted the cat’s impact on the world of animal welfare. She helped start a national fund for special needs pets, was the subject of genetic and biological research and helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need.
Our thoughts are with Lil Bub‘s family during this difficult time.