Uga VIII died early Friday, according to a press release from the University of Georgia. He had been diagnosed with lymphoma in early January of this year.
Uga VIII was the white male English Bulldog mascot of the university. No formal funeral ceremony is scheduled. Uga VIII was rorn Sept. 12, 2009. He was introduced to Georgia fans as the mascot on Oct. 16, during pre-game ceremonies of the Georgia-Vanderbilt game in Sanford Stadium. He served the final six regular season games of 2010. ''Russ'' will serve as interim mascot once again, according to the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family, long-time owners of the Bulldog line of mascots.
Russ served as interim mascot in 2009 for the final two games and in 2010 for the first six games of 2010.
The continuous line of Georgia Bulldog mascots have been owned by the Seiler family since 1956 when it was given to them from Frank Heard of Columbus.