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Update: Texas mascot Bevo dies after being diagnosed with leukemia virus

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AUSTIN, Texas – A popular mascot at the University of Texas has passed away following a cancer diagnosis.

BEVO, a live longhorn, was Texas’ mascot since 2004.

Last week, officials announced that BEVO XIV would not attend the Red River Shootout because of a life-threatening illness.

On Tuesday, officials said the longhorn, whose given name is Sunrise Studly, was diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus and is being retired immediately.

Organizers say he will rest comfortably on the ranch of John T. and Betty Baker, his owners.

“BEVO XIV is a special animal,” said Ricky Brennes, executive director of the Silver Spurs. “He truly embraced his role and loved engaging with people at games and special events, and at his ranch – where he will continue to live- he was clearly the leader of the herd.”

BEVO XIV died Friday, Oct. 16. He died in his sleep, according to UT’s athletic website.

They said he died on his ranch “in the company of his best longhorn friend Spike and John T. and Betty Baker, the owners and caretakers of both BEVO XIV and his predecessor, BEVO XIII.”

“BEVO XIV was so much more than a traditional mascot—he was so big and strong, but he had such a sweet personality and a gentle soul,” Brennes said after the former mascot’s passing. “His last few days provided great memories, but we miss him already.”

The group has already begun searching for the next BEVO.

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