How did Lil BUB die?
December 03, 2019 5:38PM
Lil BUB, the celebrity cat, died on December 1, 2019, from a bone infection. She was 8 years old. Her owner, Mike Bridavsky, shared the following note with fans on her Instagram account:
“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.”
Lil BUB was known for her unique physical appearance attributed to, among other genetic abnormalities, an extreme case of feline dwarfism. Most notably, her overbite caused her tongue to hang out of her mouth. She rose to internet fame in 2011 after her Tumblr photos garnered massive attention on Reddit, and over the course of her life, she accumulated over 2.3 million Instagram followers and almost 3 million Facebook subscribers.