Meow showing his patented smile. (via Facebook)

The Internet community is filled with sadness and awful puns this afternoon as word spreads about the death of the cantankerous, lovable feline Colonel Meow. A Himalayan-Persian crossbreed, Meow held the world record for the longest cat fur, which his owner says he often accidentally pooped in.

As the comments on his Facebook page make clear, Colonel touched a lot of lives in his short two years on earth. His owner didn't say how he died, but left this brief message to fans:

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

Sources: Facebook