Travis Rudolph’s Father Fatally Shot

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – Darryl Rudolph, the father of former Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph, died Saturday night after being accidentally shot in the head. Rudolph, a club bouncer at Sugar Daddy’s Cabaret in West Palm Beach, was found inside a back storage room of the club with a mortal gunshot wound to the head and neck area.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department, Rudolph was doing some kind of repair work inside the club when an employee in an adjacent room moved a firearm from a shelf, subsequently (accidentally) firing through the wall and striking Rudolph. The incident occurred at 9:25 PM on Friday night.

Rudolph, 55, was taken to a local hospital, where he died at 4:33 PM on Saturday. The Sheriff’s Department’s investigation is still ongoing, but it is likely that they will rule the death an accidental homicide. The tragic news comes just weeks before the 2017 NFL Draft, where Travis Rudolph is projected to go in round six or seven.

Travis Rudolph, a West Palm Beach native himself, spent three seasons with the Seminoles and ultimately decided to forgo his senior season to enter the upcoming NFL draft. Signing with FSU out of Cardinal Newman High School, he was the nation’s No. 1 receiver coming out of high school in 2014. Rudolph finished his Seminole career with 153 receptions for 2,311 yards and 18 touchdowns.

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