Viral Kitty, Lil Bub Dies At 8 Years Old

December 3, 2019
Lil Bub

(Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

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Lil Bub, a cat who rose to fame on the Internet, has died at age eight. Lil Bub’s owner, Mike Bridavsky, announced in an Instagram post Monday that Lil Bub died Sunday in her sleep. Bridavsky shared a side-by-side photo of his first picture with Lil Bub as a kitten and the last photo he took with Lil Bub before her death. Lil Bub was known for her small stature and for her tongue hanging out. Bridavsky said Lil Bub was battling “a persistent and aggressive bone infection” prior to her death. Lil Bub was born with several genetic mutations, including feline dwarfism, and suffered from osteoporosis. Bridavsky adopted Lil Bub from a litter of feral cats in 2011. He credited Lil Bub with bringing him together with his wife, Stacy, with whom he has two children. Lil Bub had over 2.3 million Instagram followers and 3 million likes on Facebook at the time of her death. She starred in the 2013 documentary “Lil Bub & Friendz,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Grumpy Cat, another Internet sensation, died at age seven in May.

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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