UNC mascot handler dies

Rob Hogan, Ramses owner and handler

October 8, 2010 8:46:31 AM PDT
The owner and handler of UNC's mascot died early Friday, according to the UNC General Alumni Association website.

Rob Hogan, 54, was hospitalized on September 15 after falling from his tractor and onto his hip. Doctors at UNC Hospitals diagnosed him with rhabdomyolysis.

Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which a muscle injury causes tissue to die and release myoglobin, which is toxic to the kidneys. Doctors say he had undergone several surgeries in the last three weeks.

Hogan, a ninth-generation farmer, was a fixture at home games with Ramses XVII. The two were absent from the first two home games because of Hogan's illness, but family members were planning to bring Ramses to Saturday's Clemson.

The Hogan family has cared for the Tar Heel mascot since 1924.

Although Rameses may not be in attendance tomorrow, the UNC family says it is awaiting the return of Ramses and the Hogan family as soon as they are up to it, but there is no rush.

UNC alumni can submit condolence letters through the GAA by clicking here.

Or you can post a tribute on the Hogan family journal at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/robandannhogan.

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