BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — In the sea of purple and gold tailgates lined up in front of the LSU Vet School Saturday one krewe stood out. Not for the group’s party, but for it's purpose.
"We're having a tribute to Randy Tranchina [LSU mega fan]. This was always his tailgate party for the last 10 years," Tammy Marionneaux, Tranchina’s ex-wife and best friend, said.
"He always came out here to tailgate. He loved his friends loved to party you know,” Steven Tranchina, Tranchina’s brother, said. “Now that he is gone, this is for him. This is for him."
Pictures of Randy Tranchina lined the tent of the tailgate, while his friends and family wore special t-shirts and used kooze's with Randy's favorite phrases.
“Just him walking up to you and saying 'I ain't hear ya' that was his way of starting a conversation with somebody,” Marionneaux said.
Randy’s family said he died suddenly back in July from a massive heart attack.
"It was a shock to all of us, but we know that if the Lord wants you he takes you. He is in a good place," Tranchina said.
"We're having our first grandchild in November,” Marionneaux stated. “This morning we before we came we did a sonogram of the baby. Not having him there to see that."
Randy’s family wanted to do something to honor him, and his favorite past time, cheering for the Tigers!
"Constant always baseball, football, basketball, he is an all round Tiger fan you know. He loved it," Tranchina said.
The family tried to have fun, because they say that's what Randy would have wanted.
"He would be right there with us you know partying for him, " Tranchina exclaimed.
Marionneaux says her family plans on naming her grandson after his grandfather.