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Former LSU football player Ruffin Rodrigue dies

Former LSU football player Ruffin Rodrigue died on Wednesday. Rodrigue, a former Tiger, was a restaurant owner in the Baton Rouge area, becoming a staple of the LSU community.

According to WBRZ2, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was crushed when hearing the news. The news broke on an SEC media call ahead of LSU’s game this weekend.

Rodrigue owned and operated Louisiana staples Ruffino’s and the restaurant released a statement on Wednesday regarding Rodrigue’s passing.

“Ruffino’s is saddened to announce that our owner and founder Ruffin Rodrigue Jr. passed away unexpectedly last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Ruffino’s will remain open today in order to help our guests Thanksgiving needs – continuing to Celebrate Life the way Ruffin would have wanted us too.”

Rodrigue played for LSU, like his father, from 1986-1989. The details of his death were not released on Wednesday.

On the restaurant’s website, Rodrigue wrote a statement about his restaurant’s philosophy.

“Whether it’s the food we serve or the service we provide, our goal is to ensure a remarkable experience for our guests that will always be remembered,” Rodrigue said of his restaurant’s philosophy in a statement on its website.

This season, the LSU Tigers sit at 3-3 on the season following postponements of some games and up and down performances. The Tigers are coming off a 15-0 national championship season in 2019 but saw a lot of departures via the NFL Draft and opt outs, including star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

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LSU (3-3) is scheduled to take on No. 5 Texas A&M (5-1) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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