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Harvey Updyke won't appear at a charity event after all. (AP photo)

Harvey Updyke won’t appear at a charity event after all. (AP photo)

Harvey Updyke is off the hook.

At least for any pies to the face or dunk tank splashes.

The organizers of a charity event scheduled for Sept. 29 in Mobile, Ala., canceled Updyke’s appearance after former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s mother, Dee Dee Bonner, and wife Katherine received death threats on social media, ESPN.com reported.

An Auburn student was questioned by Auburn city police about a threat against one of the organizers, ESPN.com reported.

Updyke originally was scheduled to appear in a dunk tank or in a pie throwing booth.

The event was organized to honor John Oliver, who died from cancer last month, and raise money for a charitable organization.

“It seems to be taking away from the primary purpose, which is raising awareness for children’s cancer,” Bonner told ESPN.com. “We don’t want to take away from the focus. We needed to get away from it.”

Updyke is the Alabama fan who poisoned Auburn’s beloved 130-year-old oaks in Toomer’s Corner after the Tigers’ win over Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl, leading to their death and removal.

Updyke was banned from speaking to the media as part of his arrest and sentence.

After poisoning the trees, Updyke, calling himself “Al from Dadeville, bragged about the deed on Paul Finebaum’s radio show. He pleaded guilty in March 2013 to one count of unlawful damage of an animal or crop facility.


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