JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former NFL and Notre Dame football player Louis Nix, who had been reported missing earlier this week, was found dead Saturday, family members told two Jacksonville television stations. . He was 29 years old.
Nix’s family reported her missing to police on Wednesday. After several days of searching, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted at 8 p.m. ET Saturday that Nix had been located, but did not report Nix’s condition. CBS / Fox affiliate Action News Jax reported that Nix’s mother confirmed that Nix had died. WJXT TV-4 reported Nix’s death through another family member.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Nix was last seen at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, leaving his father’s residence in Jacksonville. Notre Dame soccer coach Brian Kelly tweeted Saturday morning asking for the public’s help in finding Nix.
Nix was injured in a shooting in December while filling up the tires on his car at a gas station near the Jacksonville airport. He said on social media that he spent 10 days in the hospital and that a bullet ricocheted off his sternum and entered his lung.
Nix performed at Raines High School in Jacksonville and played three seasons at Notre Dame before being selected in the third round by the Houston Texans in 2014. Nix, a defensive tackle, never played a game for the Texans due to knee injuries and played in just four games in 2015 for the New York Giants. He also spent time on practice squads with Washington and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016.