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Lil Bub the Cat Dies At 8

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By Emily Reily

Rest Easy, Lil Bub


Friends, family, and people online are mourning the death of Lil Bub today. Lil Bub died Dec. 2. She was 8.

She had an adorable, inquisitive face and large eyes, and her tongue was always visible. Clearly she will be missed.

A Viral Sensation


Lil Bub first gained popularity after her picture was posted on Tumblr in 2011. Once she appeared on the front page of Reddit, that was it. She eventually gained more than 2 million followers on Instagram.

The Daily Beast writes that Lil Bub's efforts helped raise more than $700,000 for other animals, and her family started a fund for the ASPCA for special needs pets.

Lil Bub was a very special cat herself. She suffered from feline dwarfism. Her bones were thicker than that of regular felines and were known as Erlenmeyer flask bones.

'Please Visit All Of Us In Our Dreams'

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Lil Bub's owner, Mike Bridavsky, released a bittersweet statement about his late cat.

"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 often. GOOD JOB BUB."

Her Loss Will Be Felt

Bridavsky wrote that Bub had a "persistent and aggressive bone infection." Still, her family said Bub died suddenly and "without warning."

Bridavsky's statement went on to say how much of an impact Lil Bub had on him and his family.

"To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement," he wrote.

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