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Lil Bab died — the most famous Internet cat in the world, paving the way for other social media favorites




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One of the most famous cats on the Internet — a tiny cat with a flattened face, protruding tongue, and large sad eyes — died at the age of 8

The owner of a cat named Lil Bab Mike Bridavsky shared the news on Instagram, attaching a photo of Bab from the first to the last days, and a touching farewell to the deceased cat. “On the morning of Sunday, December 1, 2019, we lost the most gentle, kind and magical manpower on our planet,” Mike wrote. “The woman was cheerful and full of love when she went to bed with us on Sunday night, but unexpectedly peacefully died in a dream.” The man wrote that the Bab was “fighting an aggressive bone infection,” but he was still shocked by her death.





The woman was born in Bloomington, Indiana with the form of feline dwarfism. She also had no teeth, so she always stuck out her tongue. But these features made her only more attractive to Mike and subsequent Bab fans. The cat had 2.3 million subscribers and it was she who paved the way for pets known in social networks.


Mike posted photos of the cat on Tumblr, Reddit, and Facebook, where the pictures received more than 3 million likes. She also became famous for the documentary Lil Bub & Friendz, which was first shown in 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film award.

Finally, Bab became so famous that fans were ready to give away $100, only to see her at an event in Queens in 2016.


At the same time, the Bab suffered from health problems. She became the first cat to have osteopetrosis, a rare disease that caused her bones to become denser over time. She “barely moved,” but thanks to her fame, she could receive special treatment. In addition, Bab’s fame was used to draw attention to other animals with special needs by creating Lil BUB’s Big Fund.



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