Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the sourpuss face that stole the heart of the nation, has died. He was two years old.
Colonel Meow, one of the most beloved cats on the Internet, died on Jan. 29. The beloved Himalayan-Persian cross-breed was surrounded by his owners, known as “Human Slave Beasts,” as he passed.
Colonel Meow Dies: ‘World’s Angriest Cat’ Says His Final Goodbye
Colonel Meow’s path to fame wasn’t easy. He was abandoned on the side of the road as a baby, and rescued by the Himalayan and Persian Society before making his way to Petco. It was there that Colonel Meow’s life changed forever — he met his Master, Anne Marie Avey, who gave him a loving “forever home” before his untimely death on Jan. 29.
Anne Marie posted the news on his Facebook page, writing a final farewell to his over 350,000 fans:
“Colonel Meow passed away yesterday evening. I will post more about the details when I’ve had a few days to grieve. Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions. Your love and support has meant the world to us both. -Slave Beast”
Meow wasn’t just loved by Avey — he gained a worldwide following when the Guinness World Records folks recognized him for having the longest hair (9 inches) in the world. Fans also loved his “evil genius” face — a face that dubbed him the “world’s angriest cat” — so much that by 2013, he had become the new CEO of Buzzfeed.
When news broke that Meow had fallen ill in November of 2013, fans raised $20,000 to cover his vet bills — after he had already had a blood transfusion. The rumor is that Meow passed due to heart failure, but Avey is waiting to release the details until she has properly mourned her loss.
HollywoodLife.com sends thoughts and prayers to Colonel Meow’s human friends as they deal with their grief.
— Shaunna Murphy