UGA mascot "Uga VII" dies

Georgia mascot Uga VII sits on the sideline during the fourth quarter against Georgia Southern on Aug. 30, 2008, in Athens. Uga VII died Thursday.
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ATLANTA (AP) - The University of Georgia's mascot, Uga VII, has

A cause of death Thursday for the pure white English bulldog was
not immediately known and several Atlanta media organizations
reported the death.

The dog, named "Loran's Best," made his football debut in
August 2008 in a ceremony before Georgia's 45-21 win over Georgia
Southern. School officials said an announcement is expected

He was the latest in a line of mascots that have been featured
on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and in several

The previous mascot, Uga VI, died of heart failure in June 2008
after a nine-year reign. He was the school's winningest mascot with
an 87-27 record, seven wins in nine bowl appearances and a pair of
Southeastern Conference championships.