Sadness grips the hearts of the denizens of OMA HQ today, as we have just heard that Marty (a.k.a. Nyan Cat), winner of the WTF I Love This Award, passed away Thursday.
According to Marty’s owner, Chris Torres, the kitty was recently diagnosed with Feline Infectious Peritonitis, which ended up being his undoing. Last night, Torres tweeted, “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.”
Torres adopted Marty in 2010, and since then, the cat has been the feline who had launched a thousand memes. The first iteration was an animated GIF featuring a cat with the body of a cherry Pop Tart, zooming through space. Torres posted that image to his comics site in 2011, and from there, the famous YouTube video — scored with Japanese Vocaloid song “Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya” by Japanese artist Daniwell-P — was born. Countless spinoffs soon followed.
Our hearts go out to Torres at this time (we’re not being facetious; losing a pet is hard). May Marty continue his epic, interstellar flight in peace.