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Feline Internet sensation Colonel Meow dies

Colonel Meow, one of the more famous Internet cats and the world's hairiest cat, died on Jan. 29, 2014. As of right now there is very little information concerning his death. His "fur-mom," Anne Marie Avey, also known as "Slave Beast" on Colonel Meow's social media sites, is broken up enough about it that she doesn't want to post details just yet. The post on Colonel Meow's Facebook page, dated Jan. 30, 2014, reads:

Colonel Meow became famous due to his outrageously long fur and very severe, "colonelish" look. He died on Jan. 29, 2014.
Courtesy Anne Marie Avey via Facebook

Colonel Meow passed away yesterday evening. I will post more about the details when I've had a few days to grieve. Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions. Your love and support has meant the world to us both.

Colonel Meow was only two years old.

Back in November, Colonel Meow was hospitalized for an unspecified heart problem. He survived a blood transfusion and an operation, according to an article on the "Today" show's pets page. At that time, his Facebook page had over 230,000 fans; today that number is over 340,000.

Many of those fans pitched in with financial help and raised over $15,000 in just six hours' time. Anne Marie said that she was shocked by the response, and that she was beyond grateful for everyone's help. Except for his heart, his vitals were fine. The vet never was able to diagnose him with a specific condition.

In August 2013, The Guinness Book of World Records named Colonel Meow "The World's Hairiest Cat," and is set to include him in their 2014 edition. His fur measured an astonishing 9 inches long. That fur, plus his coloring and his bright yellow eyes, is what gave him his really severe look. He could glare at anybody and anything without even trying.

He also "commissioned a box report and [released] it to Minions everywhere," which was supposed to explain why cats love boxes so much. He commissioned Boots, a professional expert, to study why boxes are so alluring to cats. The results were inconclusive. When Colonel Meow realized that nobody will know what's in the box, he decided, "Who gives a ****?" There are many other videos of Colonel Meow on his YouTube channel.

His death is especially tragic not just because he was so popular, but also because he was so young. A two-year old cat has barely begun to live. He was well-loved throughout the Internet, though, and will remain in people's memories for a long time to come.

Condolences to Anne Marie and Eric Rosario, along with all those who knew and loved him in real life.

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