Mike VI, Mike the Tiger died on October 11, 2016.
He was the official mascot of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and serves as the graphic image of LSU sports.
Mike was the name of both the live and costumed mascots.
Sometimes, Mike is referred to as “Mike the Lion,” a nickname provided by former LSU Shortstop Chris Brant.
Traditionally the tiger was a live Bengal tiger, although, the last two tigers were of mixed breeds. Mike V was a Bengali-Indochinese mix, while Mike VI was a Bengali-Siberian hybrid.
The LSU’s men’s and women’s sports teams are called the Fighting Tigers and Lady Tigers, respectively, and the university’s football team plays its home games in Tiger Stadium.
The LSU first adopted its “Tigers” nickname in the fall of 1896.
Mike VI passed away at 11 years old.