Former LSU tennis star dies at 38
BATON ROUGE - A former LSU tennis star died unexpectedly at his home at the age of 38 late last month.
Ed Rubin, a key member of two of LSU’s men’s tennis teams that advanced to the NCAA semifinals, passed away at his Lafayette residence on Feb. 27. The release from LSU Sports Information does not go into specifics about the definite cause of Rubin’s death.
Rubin, a Lafayette native, graduated from LSU with a degree in biology in 2002. He would later go on to earn his Juris Doctorate in Law from Southern University in 2006. He was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 1998-2000.
Rubin helped LSU to a pair of SEC titles in 1998 and 1999, and he helped the team beat Georgia 4-3 at the 1999 SEC Tournament.
He finished his LSU career with a 41-43 singles mark and 36-21 in overall in doubles. He played his first two years at LSU under coach Jerry Simmons and his final two seasons with LSU under head coach Jeff Brown.
“We are extremely saddened by this loss,” coach Brown said. “Ed was great teammate and a wonderful friend to us all. Words cannot express what Ed meant to the LSU tennis program and the impact that he had on those around him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s parents and the rest of his family.”
Rubin was a law clerk for Judge Porter in Lafayette and began his private law practice after passing the Louisiana State Bar, taking over his father's law office in Lafayette in 2010. He would go on to become a member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Martinet Society.
Rubin was born on Feb. 2, 1978 in Lafayette as the youngest of three children. He is survived by his parents Judge Edward and Benadette Rubin of Carencro along with his sisters La’Shon Rubin-Wilson (DeShun) of Arnaudville and Chanda Rubin-Hollier (Mireyou) of Lafayette.
Funeral services for Rubin are to be held on Saturday, Mar. 5 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Lafayette at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held prior to the service on the same day at Kinchen Funeral Home in Lafayette from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Internment will follow funeral services at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.