A former Notre Dame and NFL soccer player who went missing on Wednesday was found dead on Saturday, according to Action News Jacksonville. His mother confirmed his death with Ben Becker.
“Louis Nix’s mother confirmed to me that the former star of Raines High School and Notre Dame, who played in the NFL, has passed away,” said Becker.
BREAKING: Tragic news. Louis Nix mother confirmed to me that the former Raines High School star and Notre Dame who played in the NFL has passed away @ActionNewsJax @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/9ocmaecu0Q
– Ben Becker (@BenBeckerANjax) February 28, 2021
The 29-year-old Nix was reported missing to the police by affected family members on Wednesday. He was last seen in his father’s gray 2014 Hyundai sedan at 10 a.m., authorities reported. After searching in vain for the man, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office posted a cryptic tweet that revealed that nothing had been found – but gave no indication of his condition.
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** UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office found Louis Nix. Thank you to everyone who shared his photo and information. ** pic.twitter.com/bhyz9W56Um
– Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) February 28, 2021
Nix’s former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelley took to Twitter to help the family find the former athlete.
“Let’s all do our best to get in touch with Louis Nix. Louis, let us know that you are fine or that you need your NOTRE DAME family and friends for support, ”he wrote.
NOTRE DAME Nation: Let’s all do our best to get in touch with Louis Nix. Louis, let us know that you are fine or that you need your NOTRE DAME family and friends to help out.☘️ pic.twitter.com/AF9fg8vN9K
– Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) February 27, 2021
Action News Jacksonville said the NFL defensive device was recovering from serious injuries sustained in an attempted robbery in Jacksonville.
BREAKING: The mother of Louis Nix, the local ex-Notre Dame player who was shot dead in a robbery attempt in December, just texted me and sent me a text saying he’s missing. Please call JSO if you have any information @NDFootball @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/4Rsb3yF8TX
– Ben Becker (@BenBeckerANjax) February 27, 2021
Twitter users responded to news of Nix’s death.
This is terrible news. RIP Louis.
But that’s too coincidental that he was shot recently, isn’t it? And now he’s found in his car at the bottom of a pond? I hope he gets a full exam.
– Tim (@DomenGolder) February 28, 2021
Pooh…. I was so hoping for a miracle! Pray for his family and friends who are undoubtedly devastated after what he has already been through ❤️❤️❤️
– Nicole Becker (@ Crazy4OReilly90) February 28, 2021
So sad … way, way too young. Mat rest in peace and keep his whole family in my thoughts and prayers. I could never imagine how difficult it must be ❤️❤️❤️
– Justin #FireKrueger #FreeSkinner #JJWattToBuffalo (@IAmTheNizz) February 28, 2021
RIP Big Lou. It was a pleasure to see him play. To have such a fun guy on the team.
– Matt O ‘(@CappareIIi) February 28, 2021
The news agency reported that police pulled the Hyundai from a pond near the man’s house.
The police pulls a car out of the pond: https://t.co/p9FqKKtsRe pic.twitter.com/szVOHExESV
– Stephanie Bennett (@StephanieANJax) February 28, 2021
According to Sports Reference, Nix played in the NFL from 2014 to 2017. He was drafted as a third-round draft pick and 83rd overall by The Houston Texans in 2014. He also played for the New York Giants.