Harvey Updyke, the Alabama football fan who made national titles when he poisoned trees on the Corner at Auburn University in 2010, has died.
His son Bear Updyke told AL.com that his father died Thursday afternoon of natural causes in Louisiana, where he had lived. He was 71 years old.
Harvey Updyke became a household name among Alabama sports fans in 2011 when he called in the radio and television show Paul Finebaum claiming he had poisoned the iconic Auburn trees after the Tigers won the Iron Bowl last November.
“Let me tell you what I did,”; Updyke told Finebaum on live radio. “The weekend after the iron bowl, I went to Auburn because I lived 30 miles away, and I poisoned two Toomer’s trees. I put the Spike 80DF in ’em. They are not dead yet, but they will definitely die.”
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He later pleaded guilty in 2013 to a charge of criminal damaging to an agricultural facility and spent more than 70 days in jail.
Updyke, a former Texas state military man, was ordered to pay $ 800,000 in court-imposed sentences and returns, but had only paid about $ 6,900 as of last October.
Auburn later cut down the oak trees and replaced them.
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