The mother of former Notre Dame and NFL defender Louis Nix III said on Saturday night that her son had died.
Stephanie Wingfield reported that Nix was missing on Wednesday after failing to respond to her text messages on Tuesday. The Jacksonville, Florida sheriff’s officers recovered a Hyundai limousine that matched the description of Nix’s car from a pond outside the apartment complex where Nix lived on Saturday night.
Wingfield told Jacksonville TV station WJAX that her son was dead. The Jacksonville sheriff’s office just tweeted that it “found” nothing.
Nix, 29, was shot in the chest in an attempted armed robbery at a gas station in Jacksonville last December. The South Bend Tribune reported that surgeons decided not to remove the bullet from his left lung, which it thought was too risky. Nothing told the Tribune of his struggles in dealing with the aftermath of the attack.
Pro Football Talk reported that the Jacksonville Sheriiff’s office failed to state that Nix’s death and the shooting were linked.
Nix played for the Irish from 2010-13. He was a member of the 2012 team that played Alabama in the BCS championship game. The Texans drafted him in the third round (83rd overall) in 2014, but Nix never played for Houston after suffering a knee injury.
His only NFL experience was in 2015 when he played four games for the Giants. He signed with Washington in 2016 and with the Jaguars in 2017. Jacksonville cut him in May of that year.