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Tech XX, the popular bulldog mascot of Louisiana Tech University has died of a heat stroke, according to university officials, after he was left outside too long.
The University learned of the death Wednesday, three days after someone attempted to cover-up the fatal incident.
Tech XX was cared for and provided shelter by Dr. Patrick Sexton at the Sexton Animal Health Center.
After the animal died Sunday, an employee of the health center, "unfortunately chose to handle it the wrong way and attempted to cover it up," Dr. Sexton said. That employee, unidentified, has since lost their job.
"My family, my staff and I are extremely upset at this tragic turn of events as I know the entire Louisiana Tech Family is as well," Dr. Sexton said. "Tech XX was a member of our immediate family and a daily part of our lives for the past four years. We are devastated over the circumstances of his passing and there will be a large void in our hearts for some time to come. As with any family member, we will spend considerable time grieving his passing."
Louisiana Tech said Tech XX became the official mascot of the University in 2008 and will be remembered for being a fan favorite and a symbol of the spirit of Louisiana Tech. The University added that the dog, "was a cherished member of the Louisiana Tech Family and, together, we will all grieve his passing."