The LSU Press staff was saddened to learn that the LSU tiger mascot, Mike V, passed away at 2:23 a.m. on May 18. Mike V was born October 19, 1989, and has been at LSU since he was four months old. He was 17 years old at the time of his passing.
Mike V made his first game appearance during an LSU-Alabama basketball game in 1990. He was the third-longest serving mascot in school history. Read about Mike and the history of LSU’s tiger mascots in Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU by Dr. David G. Baker and W. Sheldon Bivin. The younger set can learn more about tigers in Tales of Mike the Tiger: Facts and Fun for Everyone by Dr. David G. Baker and Margaret Taylor Stewart.