Jacksonville Police announced that they have recovered the body of former Notre Dame and NY Giants defensive tackle Louis Nix III who was reported missing Wednesday.
The 29-year-old’s car was found submerged in a pond near his apartment and around the corner from a gas station where he had been shot in December.
At the time, Nix spent two weeks hospitalized after sustaining severe injuries to his chest. Doctors had removed the bullet but fragments remained in his left lung and sternum.
“I know it sounds cliché, but more than anything, I’m happy to be alive,” Nix told local reporters following the shooting.
Authorities are investigating whether the two incidents are linked. Prior to the grim news, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly had taken to Twitter seeking information about the missing athlete.
“NOTRE DAME Nation: Let’s all do our best to reach out and connect with Louis Nix. Louis, let us know you are doing alright or that you may need your NOTRE DAME family and friends for assistance.”
Nix was present in the NFL between 2014 and 2017 as a member of the Houston Texans, Giants, Washington Football Team, and Jacksonville Jaguars.