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LSU fans honor Mike VI with memorial service

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Fans of LSU's Mike the Tiger gathered Wednesday night to remember the beloved live mascot. 

It was a final chance to say goodbye after Mike VI passed away Tuesday. The 11-year-old tiger had been battling a rare form of cancer since May. 

The LSU Student Government hosted the memorial service, which was held at the tiger's habitat on campus. 

Fans are encouraged to keep sharing their stories and photos on social media using #MikeVI. 

Mike VI was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma in May 2016. On June 1, he received a round of radiation therapy, which initially showed positive results. On Monday, October 3, Mike VI was taken in for a follow-up CT scan that showed the tumor had started growing again, blocking the tiger's right sinus cavity, and that the cancer had spread to other areas including multiple tumors in his lungs.

Dr. Baker said the aggressive nature of the cancer is unlike any he has seen before. He added that the university has asked for him to begin the process of scouting for a new, male tiger.

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