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Butler University mourns death of English bulldog mascot

Updated: 2013-09-04T01:46:29Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

A moment of silence, please.

Five months after retiring, Blue II, the beloved English bulldog mascot of Butler University, died Saturday of complications from congestive heart failure. He was 9.

Blue made appearances at every Butler men’s basketball home game and gained national attention running alongside the team during its back-to-back Final Four runs in 2010 and 2011.

In his life he met a number of celebrities, including Colin Powell and Jimmy Fallon. He met former president George H.W. Bush during the 2011 Final Four in Houston.

"Blue really galvanized the pride and tradition of having a live mascot at Butler,” his owner, Michael Kaltenmark, a Butler graduate and the school’s director of web marketing, said in a statement.

"His daily presence on campus, online and at everything from athletic events to black tie galas made him a living and breathing fixture of the Butler brand. He was born for the role."

Blue II handed over the mascot duties to Blue III, also known as “Trip,” in a ceremony in March. But he walked with Butler’s 2013 graduating class in May.

The school plans a Bulldog Memorial and Tuesday afternoon posted the YouTube video below in Blue’s honor.

In his final tweet to fans, Blue II said: "How do I know that all dogs go to heaven? Because I'm there now."

To reach Lisa Gutierrez, call 816-234-4987 or send email to lgutierrez@kcstar.com.

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