Former NFL defensive tackle Louis Nix III has died at age 29, his mother confirmed to Ben Becker of Action News Jacksonville on Saturday. The former lineman was reported missing by his mother Wednesday night in Florida.
No cause of death was made available.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had requested information from anyone who made contact with Nix since he was last seen Tuesday at his father's house:
Jax Sheriff's Office @JSOPIO
#JSO is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of missing adult Louis Nix (Black/Male, 29), who was reported missing on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. It is possible that he is driving a 2014 Gray Hyundai Azera (FL JGFM41). Call 904-630-0500 with information. https://t.co/ltHE6JeuiQ
Nix attended William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville before embarking on a standout collegiate career at Notre Dame.
The defensive lineman was selected by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft. He also made stops with the New York Giants, Washington Football Team and Jacksonville Jaguars. He had been a free agent since being released by the Jags in May 2017.
In December, Nix was shot during an armed robbery attempt at a Jacksonville gas station while he was trying to put air in his tires. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office sought information regarding two suspects in the case.
He later told Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune he was dealing with the lingering mental impact of the incident after recovering physically.
"I went out shopping with my girl to get my mom a birthday gift, and it was crazy," Nix said. "You wouldn't think you'd feel like that, but I was just paranoid being around people. People coming up from behind me, coming out of nowhere. I felt like I just needed to see everything and it was kind of emotional in the moment."
Nix added he was planning to speak with a therapist to overcome feelings of not wanting to leave his home.