Green Bay's Lucky Llama has died

Lucky Llama on New Year's Eve 2017 (WBAY photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Updated with Facebook announcement from City of Green Bay.

Lucky Llama will not help Green Bay ring in 2019 on New Year's Eve.

Mayor Jim Schmitt confirmed to Action 2 News that Lucky Llama died. No details were available.

The mayor didn't say if organizers of US Bank Eve celebrations are looking for a replacement, but the City of Green Bay posted a schedule of events on Facebook Thursday afternoon with a message, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Lucky Llama will not make an appearance this year."

Lucky Llama was a fan favorite of the US Bank Eve celebration since the first appearance in 2015. Last year, hundreds of people braved below-zero temperatures to watch the llama cross the Main Street Bridge with Father Time to bring luck to Green Bay for the coming year.

According to legend, anyone who saw Lucky Llama cross the bridge was bound to have a lucky year themselves.

The Children's Museum of Green Bay held llama-theme events, and kids could make llama ears to wear as they watched Lucky Llama's arrival.

"He is delightful. The kids love him. They're making drawings of him. They have an opportunity to win some prizes that are llama-themed. so it's a great evening and everyone loves to see the llama," US Bank Eve coordinator Sue Todey told us last year.

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