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RIP, Lil Bub! The internet’s favourite cat has died

RIP, Bubs.

One of the Internet’s most popular cats, Lil Bub, has died at the age of eight.

Her owner Mike Bridavsky told millions of followers on Instagram that the beloved feline passed away on Sunday.

She attracted huge numbers of fans due to her unusual appearance, notably her bulbous eyes and droopy tongue. She also had disorders such as dwarfism and was rescued after beginning life as a feral kitten.

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“BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep,” wrote Bridavsky.

“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.”

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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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He went on to explain how bub was responsible for spearheading the first national fund for special needs pets, as well raising over $700,000 (£540,000) for animal charities.

She shot to fame in 2013 when she began hosting the web series Lil Bub’s Big Show, which saw appearances from the likes of Steve Albini and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Bub also recorded an unlikely album, collaborated with Andrew W.K on ‘Star Party Animal’, appeared in Run The Jewels’s ‘Meow Purrdy’ video, and released a  7″ split with Surfer Blood which featured her song “Bub the Builder” on the B-side.

“Party memories of the partiest space cat on earth,” wrote WK in a tribute post on Instagram.

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