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.
Harvey Updyke, the man who poisoned Toomer's Oak Trees at Auburn University has died at the age of 71.
Updyke, a former Texas state trooper, became a household name within Alabama in 2011 when he called into the Paul Finebaum radio show on January 27 that year and claimed to be responsible for poisoning the oaks at Toomer's Corner, where Auburn fans historically celebrate big wins by rolling the trees with toilet paper. "You know, there are several things in this world that I really and truly don't like, and Auburn is one of them", Updyke had told CBS News. "The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn because I lived 30 miles away, and I poisoned the two Toomer's trees".
Finebaum chuckled, thinking that "Al" surely wasn't serious.
Updyke used a potent herbicide known as Spike 80DF to poison the trees. "They're not dead yet, but they definitely will die".
Auburn has since dug up the trees and replaced the soil, planting new trees in their place.
Harvey Updyke leaves jail after posting bail in 2013.
He spent more than 70 days behind bars and by October 2019 had only paid about $6,900 of the $800,000 he was ordered to pay in restitution and court-ordered penalties. This payment was made after the Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker began discussing placing Updyke in jail for non-payment of the restitution fees.
According to AL.com, Updyke has so far paid $8,143 of the $800,000 fine levied on him. He was cleared to talk about his case once his probationary period was over.
Between Oct. 31 and December 9 last year, Updyke paid $3,330 - which was almost two-thirds of the amount he had previously paid over the previous six-plus years following his guilty plea for poisoning the famous trees.
Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.