Jacksonville native, former Jag Louis Nix, passes away at age 29

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Former NFL defensive tackle and Jacksonville native Louis Nix has passed away at the age of 29. The news broke Saturday evening after Nix had been missing since Wednesday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Nix, who was a former third-round pick of the Houston Texans, was in the NFL from 2014-17 after being drafted from Notre Dame. Throughout his tenure, he played for the New York Giants, Washington Football Team (practice squad), and Jacksonville Jaguars (practice squad/ offseason player). Before playing for Notre Dame, Nix attended William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville where he ended up being a four-star recruit.

Nix’s unfortunate passing comes after he survived an incident in December where he was shot at a gas station after pumping air into his tires. In a video that he posted to social media, Nix said the bullet initially hit him in the chest, then ricocheted to his sternum and lung.

Nix played in a total of four games in the NFL, all of which came with the Giants in 2015. While at Notre Dame, he was able to accumulate 95 total tackles before his college career ended.

Alongside Jags Nation, we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the Nix family after Saturday’s tragic news.