We’re deeply saddened to announce the passing of Colonel Meow, our favorite kitty with a penchant for evil plots and world domination. Meow, 2 years old, died on Wednesday in his Los Angeles home.
Colonel Meow’s reign was marked by success as a feline internet star and the Guinness World Record holder for cat with the longest fur.
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While the cause of death is unknown, according to his Facebook page, the Himalayan-Persian mix had suffered from complications with his heart in November.
Born in 2011, Colonel Meow was rescued by the Seattle Himalayan and Persian Society and adopted by Anne Marie Avey, whom fans called “Master.” Meow became an Internet sensation in fall 2012 after his Facebook page and Twitter hashtag, #spreadthefrown, went viral.
Between his long fur and stern face, fans imagined Colonel Meow as a fierce dictator on a quest for World Domination of humans and dogs alike. His regal, even intimidating looks inspired an array of amusing fan art.
With more than 350,000 Facebook fans, called “minions,” Colonel Meow was certainly on his way to dominating the internet, along with his feline friends Lil’ Bub and Grumpy Cat.
Farewell, Colonel Meow, you will be sorely missed by your minions, including us.