R.I.P. Nyan Cat – Inspiration For Popular Internet Meme Passes Away

Marty, the Russian blue who served as the inspiration for the rainbow pop-tart awesomeness of online sensation Nyan Cat, has passed away Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Marty’s owner — and creator of Nyan Cat — Chris Torres announced the sad news on Nov. 1st:

“Even with the medical treatment he received he still deteriorated quickly. I’ve been force feeding him and keeping him warm for three days. For a while today it looked like he was getting better, but unfortunately, at around 9pm tonight he got convulsions and passed on my arms. I will really miss Marty. He was seriously just the coolest cat ever. I just couldn’t save him.”

Nyan Cat was made famous in a viral video which has gone on to rack up over 87 million views; the feline has since been featured in commercials, video games, and even won a Webby Award for Best Internet Meme Of The Year.

Here’s one for Marty:

Embedded from www.youtube.com.