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Uga VII's death rocks Georgia community

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Georgia might be riding a wave of emotions Saturday vs. Kentucky in honor of Uga VII, which died suddenly in Savannah, Ga., on Thursday.

Uga VII, the legendary Georgia mascot who roamed the sidelines at Georgia football games, died of heart-related causes, according to owner Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler.

There will be no live mascot at Georgia's game on Saturday, but a wreath will be placed on Uga VII's doghouse.

Putting aside your animal views and opinions, the Uga mascot has been a long-term fixture in Georgia football. As you'll see by the statements below, Uga is an iconic figure in the football community.

"Our hearts go out to the Seilers and the entire Bulldog Nation at this unexpected loss," Georgia President Michael Adams said in a statement. "Uga VII was both a family pet and a symbol for millions of fans, and besides that he was just a sweet dog. We will miss him."

"Just as his ancestors, he had captured the hearts of college football fans everywhere as the country's No. 1 mascot," UGA Athletics Director Damon Evans said. "He had been truly embraced by all those who follow the Georgia Bulldogs across the country."

Georgia posted a 16-7 record during Uga VII's brief but storied tenure.

Will the loss of Uga VII have any bearing on the UK-Georgia game? Who knows. But with senior night and the death of the legendary mascot, you can expect an emotional night in Sanford Stadium.

"He's by far the biggest celebrity on the field when Georgia plays," Georgia sports announcer Matt Stinchcomb said, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. "He has more security than coach (Mark) Richt."

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