LSU’s Mike the Tiger VI dies after four-month battle with cancer

There is some sad news in the college football world. On Tuesday, LSU announced its live mascot, Mike the Tiger VI, passed away after a four-month battle with cancer.

The university confirmed the news on social media with a photo gallery of fan tributes to the beloved mascot.

We are deeply saddened to have lost our beloved live Tiger mascot, @MikeTigerVI, after a 4-month battle with cancer.

— LSU Tigers (@LSUsports) October 11, 2016

LSU also released a video of Mike the Tiger VI throughout the years.

On Monday, Mike the Tiger was placed in hospice care and was removed from public viewing. The decision came as the cancer began to spread and the tumor grew.

We will not allow Mike to suffer,” LSU’s Attending Veterinarian David Baker, DVM, Ph.D., said in a statement after the mascot was moved to hospice care. “We will monitor him closely every day and will humanely euthanize him when the time comes. This is about treating Mike with dignity, compassion and respect.”

Mike the Tiger VI was initially diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma in May 2016.

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Photo Credit: LSU Athletics