Auburn Tree Poisoner Harvey Updyke Dead At 71

Harvey Updyke left departs the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika Ala. with his bail bondsman and his attorney. The state's football fervor drew plenty of attention after the 2010 Iron Bowl when Updyke

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His son, Bear Updyke, reported the death to AL.com, saying he died of natural causes in his home in Louisiana where he had been residing.

The elder Updyke wrote a new chapter in Alabama-Auburn lore when, in January 2011, he called Paul Finebaum's radio program under an alias and took credit for poisoning two 130-year-old oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner the previous November after his beloved Crimson Tide lost in the Iron Bowl. "The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn because I lived 30 miles away, and I poisoned the two Toomer's trees". Updyke told Rocca. "I admit I, I like them too much".

Finebaum chuckled, thinking that "Al" surely wasn't serious. I put Spike 80DF in 'em.

Finebaum asked if the trees had died. "They're not dead yet, but they definitely will die".

He was convicted of felony criminal damage of an agricultural facility, served more than 70 days in jail and was ordered to pay about $800,000 in restitution, though as of last October he had paid only $6,900, according to court records.

"I just don't want it to be my legacy", Updyke said, per an Associated Press article at the time.

Auburn police arrested him for dousing the landmark trees on the edge of the Auburn campus with herbicide so potent that agronomists said they had little to no chance of survival. He was cleared to talk about his case once his probationary period was over.

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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