Colonel Meow, a cat who achieved viral stardom even by Internet standards that allow for disproportionate amounts of feline fame, has passed away.
He had been battling heart disease since last fall, and was only two.
Colonel Meow's rise to power began in a roadside gutter, but not the way Lindsay Lohan ends up there. He was abandoned, scared, alone and sick.
Eventually rescued from the mean streets, he was taken in by the Seattle Himalayan and Persian Society, and later adopted by Anna Marie Avey.
Who soon became known simply as "Slave Beast." Avey and her husband, Eric Rosario, began posting images of him on Instagram, and a star was born.
The Colonel commanded allegiance from growing numbers of faithful admirers - also known as his minions - thanks to that epic, badass scowl.
The furball also had a penchant for scotch, apparently.