Anyone who has ever owned a pet (or seen a Sarah McLachlan commercial) knows that the death of a beloved creature can be deeply, deeply heartbreaking. Of course, in the case of Colonel Meow — one of the most established feline presences on the Internet — it is not only heartbreaking, but daunting in a truly existential way.
His owners offered the following message on the official Colonel Meow Facebook page: "Colonel Meow passed away yesterday evening. I will post more about the details when I've had a few days to grieve. Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions. Your love and support has meant the world to us both. -Slave Beast"
Meow was a larger-than-life figure whose volume of hair was only matched by his powers of intimidation. His stare was bested only by a basilisk. He was, in short, a hero of ours, though also a source of great fear and subject of many nightmares. Now, we are reminded that our heroes are mortal. We would never say that Meow himself was fragile, but his life, like any, was fragile and too short for the humans who enjoyed his company in the flesh and online. We can only hope that it will be many years before Meow is joined by his fellow internet cat stars. May he rest in peace.
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