Former Notre Dame and NFL defensive tackle Louis Nix III was found dead in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday after being reported missing earlier in the week, his family confirmed to multiple media outlets. He was 29.
Nix was reported missing by his family on Wednesday after he was last seen at his father’s house in Jacksonville on Tuesday morning. That was also the same day anyone had received communication from him.
Nix’s mother told news stations on Friday that she believed her son was in danger.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly tweeted on Saturday morning for the public’s help in finding Nix.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET that they had located Nix but did not reveal his condition. His mother confirmed to news stations that he died.
The circumstances and details of his death remain unconfirmed.
Nix was injured in a shooting in December while filling his car’s tires near the Jacksonville airport when he was shot in the chest and robbed.
His mother does not believe the previous incident is related to his death and disappearance, though.
Nix was a star defensive lineman at Notre Dame from 2010-13, helping the team reach the national championship game in 2012. He finished his collegiate career with 122 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks and was drafted third overall by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Injuries prevented Nix’s NFL career from ever taking off, playing in just four total games in his career with the New York Giants in 2015.
Nix bounced from the Texans, Giants, Washington Football Team and Jaguars over the course of five years.