Chanel, where he had been creative director for more than three decades, confirmed that Lagerfeld passed away in Paris aged 85 on Tuesday.
While the fashion world mourned the loss of a great talent, it wasn’t long before attention shifted to Lagerfeld’s famous pet, who is almost as much of an icon in the fashion industry.
An Instagram account dedicated to documenting the intricacies of Choupette’s life boasts 120,000 followers and the famous feline also has a popular blog, both of which are run by digital marketing expert Ashley Tschudin.
According to French newspaper Le Figaro, Choupette might be entitled to Lagerfeld’s multi-million pound fortune under German law if she had been nominated as his “heir”.
“She has her own little fortune, she’s an heiress,” Lagerfeld famously said of his beloved pet in an interview in 2015.
Such was Lagerfeld’s love for his cat, that he even told CNN in 2013 that he would marry the blue-eyed rag doll if it were legal.
“There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals," he lamented. "I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat.”
He also once told Vanity Fair that he and Choupette communicated “with the expression of our eyes.”
It’s not yet clear who will take care of Choupette now, but it’s rumoured that the late designer’s male model muse Brad Kroenig and his son Hudson, to whom Lagerfeld is godfather, may receive the call-up.