Former Indiana football star James Hardy has been found dead at the age of 31.
According to reports, the 6-foot-8 wide receiver was found in the Maumee river near Fort Wayne. There is no exact word on the cause of Hardy’s death, but it is believed that he was in the water for a number of days.
BREAKING: Allen County Coroner's Office ID's body found in river yesterday as former NFL player James Hardy III.
— Fort Wayne's NBC (@FortWaynesNBC) June 8, 2017
“Once on scene officers observed a body floating on the north side of the dam entangled in a log jam,” according to the Buffalo News. “The Fort Wayne Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team was summoned to the scene and with their resources the body was removed from the river and then taken to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center where an autopsy will be performed to determine an identification, cause and manner of death.”
Hardy was a second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills after starring for the Hoosiers.
Our condolences go out to Hardy’s family and friends during this difficult time.