RIP, Nyan Cat — meme's real life inspiration has gone to kitty heaven11/3/2012
Nyan Cat, the year-old rainbow-cat meme we all know and love (you know, the cat with a Pop-Tart torso and rainbows coming out of its rear, that scrolls forever) was originally inspired by creator Chris Torres’ lovable gray kitty, Marty. Sadly, the nearly 3-year-old Marty passed away in Torres’ arms after being diagnosed, just a week ago, with feline infectious peritonitis — a fatal and incurable kitty disease. Torres posted a commemorative pic on Twitter and said, “Marty heavily influenced a lot of my comics and the creation of Nyan Cat.” It’s the end of an era, but Marty’s legacy will live on in that bouncy little meme. You can pay your respects here. [Source]
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