Mike the Tiger passes away

LSU's tiger mascot, Mike VI passed away today.

The 11-year-old tiger was humanely euthanized, the release states.

Mike VI was diagnosed in May with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare and inoperable form of cancer.

"We will not allow Mike to suffer", Baker said last week after announcing the cancer had grown more aggressive.

According to LSU's Attending Veterinarian David baker, Mike VI's cancer has spread throughout his body and he may only have another one-to-two months to live.

"Thanks for the memories and all the joy you brought to the #LSU family", Edwards says via Twitter. The handlers work closely with the animal throughout its time as mascot, and when one dies, it is like losing a member of the family.

Mike had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and had been confined to his habitat near the sports complex following surgeries.

LSU's Student Government announced Tuesday afternoon that it will host a memorial service at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in front of Mike VI's habitat.

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the USA and the only one in Louisiana.

LSU has begun the search for Mike VII, who will be another young, male tiger donated from a rescue facility.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

  • Aubrey Nash