News of her passing comes today from BUB's various social media profiles care of her "dude" Mike Bridavsky.
"I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health," Bridavsky writes in an Instagram post. "And it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves."
BUB was a polydactyl and toothless special-needs feline born in 2011. She was characterized by her extremely photogenic qualities and had hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. She was the face of a number of charitable causes, helping to raise over $700,000 USD for homeless animals in her short lifetime.
Back in 2015, she also released her debut album Science and Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe, and often collaborated with a number of A-lister musicians including Andrew W.K., Run the Jewels and Ryan Adams.
To learn more about BUB's charity work, head over to Lil BUB's Big Fund for the ASPCA.
Read Bridavsky's announcement below, where you'll also find heartfelt tributes from BUB's many fans.
This is my first photo with BUB next our last photo together. On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet. BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.. I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves. It is impossible to put into words the profound effect that BUB has had on my life, on the lives of thousands of homeless pets, and on the lives of those of you that have cared for her as if she were your own family. She taught me everything that I know about unconditional love, she brought my wife Stacy and I together, she's the reason we have our beautiful children Rosco and Lula, and she has been a constant source of warmth and love in our lives for the past 8 years. To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement. But most importantly, BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide. She has literally saved thousands of lives (both pets and humans), she started the first national fund for special needs pets, she was the subject of groundbreaking genetic and biological research, she's helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world. And even though my heart is absolutely crushed by her graceful departure from planet Earth, I know that her sprit, magic, and overwhelming energy are still with us, reminding us every day to be better. Dearest BUB, I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love, or your uncanny ability to bring so much magic and joy to the world. I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams o
Lil bub passed away. I'm sad 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/3JZo6jpsWm— Melody (@mel_o_dee) December 2, 2019
Really, truly devastated by this. All of the good that Lil BUB and her owner Mike Bridavsky have done for special needs animals has been nothing short of inspiring.— Christian Ryan (@ChristianRyanNS) December 2, 2019
Leave it to the littlest cat show us people can be better. https://t.co/2DWWuCEkx1
Lil Bub has left this plane of existence.— Kyle Gaddo (@kylegaddo) December 2, 2019
Thank you for bringing so much joy into this world, you sweet, goofy creature.
In our hearts always. pic.twitter.com/rbHbAoeKeR
Run free Lil BUB 😭😔💫💔 I have been following this sweet baby since 2012 before I even had twitter (a star on Tumblr)— Maru (@midnightr0se) December 2, 2019
Farewell & Cross the rainbow bridge 🌈 You will no longer suffer pain in silence. You were a strong kitty https://t.co/Bvpt8HnNVB
When I walked in this morning, I saw that the flag was at half mast. I thought, "Alright! Another bureaucrat ate it." And then I found out it was Lil Bub. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect. pic.twitter.com/sSxSP2ZhxI— Syd (@sydschaefer) December 2, 2019
RIP Lil Bub 😢😭— Danger Boy (@DangerBoyxMT) December 2, 2019
In 2016 after a long hot bike ride we spotted Bub and her owner Mike with a Japanese pop star (Minami Minegishi) in a park. Mike was kind enough to let us pose for a photo that Minami took. pic.twitter.com/349C4gR7KR