Bulldog mascot collapses, dies during campus festival

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A college campus in Rhode Island is in mourning after its bulldog mascot collapsed and died during a campus festival.

Bryant University President Ron Machtley announced on Thursday that the mascot, named Ironclad Tupper I, died peacefully Wednesday night of an apparent stroke.

posting by Tupper’s caregivers on his Facebook page says he suddenly collapsed in the middle of the school’s Festival of Lights. It says he died doing what he loved — being adored.

Machtley says Tupper was beloved as Bryant’s first official mascot, and was a “wonderful symbol of grit and determination for our students.”

He says the university plans to begin a search for Tupper’s replacement immediately, and says he hopes that Tupper II will bring the same sense of pride to the community.

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