BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Former LSU football player and Baton Rouge Restaurateur Ruffin Rodrigue has died, officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed to WAFB.
Rodrigue, a native of Thibodaux, played offensive guard for LSU in the 1980s and even played in the famous “Earthquake” game.
A public visitation for Rodrigue will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, located at 205 N. 4th Street.
He founded the Baton Rouge restaurant Ruffino’s in 1998. The restaurant also has a location in Lafayette and a catering venue.
According to Megan Klock, Director of Operations at Ruffino’s, “Ruffino’s will remain open during this difficult time as we continue to Celebrate Life- just as Ruffin would have wanted.”
The restaurant Rodrigue founded posted the following message to social media Wednesday, Nov. 25:
“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 to.”
Funeral arrangements for Rodrigue have not yet been announced.
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