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The University of Texas is confirming that Bevo XIV passed away in his sleep Thursday night.

Last week it was reported that Bevo XIV was suffering from a life-threatening illness, which was later determined to be Bovine Leukemia. He was immediately retired from his mascot duties, and had been resting comfortably on his ranch in his final days.

“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,” said Ricky Brennes, Executive Director of the Silver Spurs and BEVO XIV’s regular traveling partner. “He loved the attention that came with being BEVO but was very cool, calm and smart. Like a dog he would come when called by name, show up to the house looking for treats and even roll over on his side so Mrs. Baker could rub his belly. He did so much for his university and community. His last few days provided great memories, but we miss him already.”

The search for Bevo XV will begin immediately, and they expect for him to be on the sidelines for the 2016 season.

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