Former Georgia bulldog mascot Uga IX passes away at age 11

Georgia Bulldogs mascot Uga IX on the field before a game against the LSU Tigers in 2013.

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ATHENS, Ga. — Former Georgia mascot Uga IX, the white English bulldog known as Russ, has died only 1 month after giving up his title.

The Savannah, Georgia-based Seiler family, the long-time owners of the Georgia line of mascots, says Russ died in his sleep early Monday morning.

Russ, who was 11, retired before the Nov. 21 game against Georgia Southern when the collar was officially passed along to his successor, Uga X, who is known as Que. Que served as mascot in an unofficial capacity during the 2015 season before his title became official.

Russ had a record of 44-19 as Georgia mascot. He served as interim mascot for 25 games before being officially promoted before the Florida Atlantic game on Sept. 15, 2012.