Marty The Cat Behind The “Nyan Cat” Meme Inspiration Passes Away

Posted Nov 2, 2012

The Nyan Cat meme is one the most popular in Internet culture.  The meme features an 8-bit cat flying across the sky as a rainbow follows.  Marty The Cat was the inspiration for the popular video and he passed away yesterday.  The cat was nearly 3 years old and was diagnosed with Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), which is an incurable disease.

Marty?s owner, and the Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres had adopted Marty in 2010.  He also adopted another cat named Buster and that cat died from FIP soon afterwards.  Chris Torres said that Marty was acting strange last week so he immediately took the cat to the vet.

?Even with the medical treatment he received he still deteriorated quickly. I?ve been force feeding him and keeping him warm for three days,? stated Torres.

Below is the Nyan cat, which now has over 85 million views:

And here is a video of a guy watching the Nyan cat video for 10 hours long on repeat!