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We must say goodbye to Tuffy II, NC State live mascot and very good dog

This stupid year strikes again.

Wolf in the Eekholt Game Park Photo by Carsten Rehder/picture alliance via Getty Images

NC State’s live mascot, Tuffy II, who has been a part of the athletics family since 2016, passed away in his sleep last night. This exceptionally good dog had been suffering from a debilitating heart disease. He underwent treatment at State’s vet school.

Tuffy II was introduced to State fans back on Father’s Day in 2016, when he was still just a pup.

You can donate to help with the Downey family’s medical expenses here.

Rest in peace, Tuffy.