On Saturday, February 27, former Notre Dame football star Louis Nix III was found dead at age 29 after being reported missing earlier in the week.
Following the news of his passing, the University of Notre Dame and head football coach Brian Kelly issued statements on Nix’s death as the Notre Dame community mourns his death.
“Louis Nix, ‘Irish Chocolate,’ we carry these memories until we see you again,” Kelly wrote on Twitter alongside a highlight video from Nix’s time with the Fighting Irish.
Louis Nix, “Irish Chocolate,” we carry these memories until we see you again 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ndTZ9DeaQP
— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) February 28, 2021
The official Notre Dame football account added, “We are saddened by the loss of one of our own, Louis Nix III.
“We send our deepest condolences and love to his family, friends and football brotherhood. Forever in our hearts, Big Lou.”
We are saddened by the loss of one of our own, Louis Nix III. We send our deepest condolences and love to his family, friends and football brotherhood.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) February 28, 2021
Nix’s former teammates also took to social media to pay tribute to their late-teammate.
I've typed and deleted so much tonight. there aren't a lot of good words for these situations. we've had too many of them this young. Big Lou was so many bright, wonderful things. RIP. love up your people. https://t.co/xD7fH7MlW9
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) February 28, 2021
Loving, caring, funny, energetic and just a guy everyone loved being around. Love you bro and we’ll all miss you. RIP big Louis Nix pic.twitter.com/wsPyg3r8RI
— Michael Floyd (@MichaelMFloyd) February 28, 2021
Heartbreaking. Big Lou was one of the rarest human beings. Such a great dude that always had a good spirit and gave the whole team nothing but laughs. We will all miss you Lou. Prayers to his family.
To all my ND brothers If you ever need anything even just to talk. I’m here. https://t.co/MKqZ1qaC2w
— Jonas Gray Sr. (@jgray_ND25) February 28, 2021
Devastating. Rest In Peace, Big Lou. Always wanted to put a smile on everyone’s face. Glad I got to share some unforgettable moments with you. You will be greatly missed☘️ 🐢 pic.twitter.com/OI6ECURdSL
— Romeo Okwara (@RomeoND45) February 28, 2021
God broke the mold when He made @1irishchocolate. My heart hurts for Big Lou, his family, and every life he touched. Forever one of my favorite recruits turned ND legends and moreover friends #RIPBigLou #FightingIrishFamily pic.twitter.com/ezC0LUoew9
— Jaz Johnson (@JazJohnson425) February 28, 2021
Nix played at Notre Dame for four seasons from 2010-2013 where he was a standout defensive lineman before being drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.