Former Notre Dame and NFL football player Louis Nix was found dead late Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida. He had been reported missing earlier this week and his mother Stephanie Wingfield believed him to be in danger, stating to CBS 47 JAX earlier Saturday before learning of his death, “I’m praying he’s okay, but this is out of the normal for him. I want nobody to be in my shoes, I’m not saying something has happened to my son, prayerfully, I hope it has not, but just not knowing, you know, your kids is your kids.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff Office’s dive team pulled a silver vehicle from a nearby pond that matched the description of Nix’s 2014 Hyundai Azera. Family confirmed he was last seen driving before disappearing Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office reported on social media that they found the ex-football player, but never confirmed if he was alive. Louis Nix was 29. The 6’3, 250 pound defensive lineman was last seen leaving his father’s house and never returned. On Thursday his mother told WJAX-TV this was not normal and he speaks to certain family members daily. No one had heard from him since Tuesday and the missing report was filed the following day. Details of his death remain unclear.
Nix had been shot in December during an attempted robbery while putting air into his tire in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. In a dramatic video posted to his Instagram page, Nix told viewers, “If I don’t make it, I love y’all.” He reported on social media that a bullet hit his sternum and entered his lung. He spent the next 10 days recovering in the hospital. A report by WJAX-TV said the gas station is around the corner from the pond from which the vehicle was found. Local authorities did not indicate whether the shooting was related to Nix’s death.