Lil BUB sadly died on Dec 1, 2019. - Pic source: Instagram/iamlilbub

KUALA LUMPUR: Her name was Lil BUB, and she stole our hearts with her imperfections.

Lil BUB came into the world in June 2011 and died on Sunday peacefully in her sleep. The sad news was announced to the little feline’s over 2.4 million followers via her Instagram account @iamlilbub.

“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…,” posted her ‘hooman’ Mike Bridavsky, accompanied by a side-by-side photos of him holding BUB for the first time and last time together.

Lil BUB captured the hearts of netizens and many expressed their sadness over her death. - Pic source: Instagram/iamlilbub

And fans immediately flooded the post with condolences.



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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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BUB was discovered as the runt of a healthy feral litter in a tool shed in rural Indiana at only a few weeks old in 2011. According to her website lilbub.com, BUB was born with a multitude of genetic anomalies. She had extreme dwarfism and remained kitten size and kitten-like features her entire life.

“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,” Bridavsky concluded.

On May 14, another Internet sensation feline Grumpy Cat passed away from complications due to a urinary tract infection.

Known as Grumpy because of the frown on her face (which we think is actually an upside down smile), the feline achieved stardom several years ago, leading to various endorsement contracts and merchandising.