Colonel Meow Dies; Internet Mourns Viral, Furry Feline Sensation

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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.

Meow also holds the Guinness World Record for "cat with the longest fur," which averaged out to 22.89 centimeters or roughly nine inches. Of fur!

"I will post more about the details when I've had a few days to grieve," Avey said, confirming the tragedy. "Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions."

"Your love and support has meant the world to us."

Avery's Facebook post about the Master was quickly shared over 11,000 times with many of Colonel Meow's fans taking to Twitter to share their condolences.

You will be missed, Colonel.

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