TORONTO – Colonel Meow, one of the Internet’s most famous cats and a Guinness World Records-holder, has died. He was two.
Anne Marie Avey, Meow’s owner, announced his passing on Facebook Thursday evening.
“Colonel Meow passed away yesterday evening. I will post more about the details when I’ve had a few days to grieve,” the message reads. “Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions. Your love and support has meant the world to us both.”
In 2011, Meow was rescued by the Himalayan and Persian Society in Seattle after he was abandoned on the side of a road, and later adopted by Avey.
The Colonel rose to fame after his owners posted photos of the crabby-looking feline to Facebook and Instagram, instantly gaining thousands of followers — or minions, as Meow calls them.
In 2013, Meow was inducted to the Guinness World Records for having the longest fur.
Following the announcement of Meow’s passing, cat lovers took to social media to mourn the Colonel, including Grumpy Cat, another feline Internet celebrity.