WEST PALM BEACH — A sad and unusual accident claimed the life of the father of famed Florida State wide receiver and West Palm Beach native Travis Rudolph on Friday.
Darryl Rudolph, 55, was doing repairs at Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret in West Palm Beach when another worker in a nearby room moved a gun from a shelf. The gun went off, with the bullet striking the unfortunate Rudolph in the back. He died later after being taken to St. Mary Medical Center.
Though believed to be an accident, the shooting is still under investigation.
The younger Rudolph is known not only for his talents on the football field, but also for last August’s viral story of him eating lunch with an autistic middle school boy who was sitting alone. Leah Paske, the boy’s mother, was very appreciative of the gesture and posted of the recent shooting on the Facebook page of Linda Rudolph (mother of Travis and wife of Darryl): “Our hearts are broken. We love you beyond measure.”
Other friends and family swiftly followed suit on social media, sending their condolences.
Travis has forgone his senior year at Florida State to enter the upcoming 2017 NFL draft. His agent, in response to Friday’s tragedy, e-mailed the 32 NFL teams to inform them, “Travis has spoken to his family and he has decided that he wants all 32 teams to know he’s available for any draft-related questions or any questions that any team may have for him, and he is looking ahead to the draft in light of this tragedy that has struck the Rudolph family.”