The famous cat’s owner, Mike Bridavsky, took to Instagram to announce the news. 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. , Mike Bridavsky, via Instagram. BUB rose to internet fame after being posted on Reddit in 2012. BUB had 2.3 million followers on Instagram and her owners used her popularity to raise more than $700,000 for animals with special needs. . Lil BUB was 8 years old.