Despite LSU’s 45 to 10 win over Southern Miss on Saturday, there was a sense of emptiness and a dark cloud hovering over Tiger stadium as many continued to morn the loss of their beloved mascot Mike the Tiger.
Mike VI was a Bengali-Siberian hybrid who many considered to be the living embodiment of the team’s spirit died on Tuesday at the age of 11.
On May 23, 2016, LSU issued a press release stating that Mike VI had been diagnosed with a spindle cell sarcoma, a type of cancer. LSU announced on September 6 that despite treatment, the tiger’s cancer was terminal, and that he would be expected to live at most two years. Mike the Tiger would remain in his on-campus habitat, and would no longer attend games. On October 5, 2016 it was announced that Mike VI’s cancer had returned and spread to his head. Vets at the LSU Veterinarian School announced that he had one to two months to live. Six days later, Mike VI was euthanized by his attending veterinarian David Baker.