The Internet is in mourning today — one of the inspirations behind the biggest memes of all time has passed away. That’s right, Marty aka Nyan cat passed away on Thursday after being diagnosed with Feline Infectious Peritonitis the owner revealed on Twitter.
In a series of sad tweets, Chris Torres said, “Marty heavily influenced a lot of my comics and the creation of Nyan Cat. Last week, Marty started behaving strange. We quickly took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with Feline Infectious Peritonitis. 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 was seriously hoping to nurse him back to health but FIP is pretty much a death sentence to most cats. There is no known cure. I will really miss Marty. He was seriously just the coolest cat ever. I just couldn’t save him.”
However, it’s not entirely sad, as Marty’s owner added, “Was surprised to find so much support and love from people all over the world. I’m glad Marty’s legacy will live on. He was such a cool cat.”
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