College football player Luke Knox has died at the age of 22.
The Florida International University linebacker was the younger brother of Dawson Knox, a tight end for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.
The university’s athletics department announced the younger Mr Knox’s death on Thursday.
“We are saddened by the sudden death of Luke Knox, a member of the FIU football program. Sending our thoughts and prayers to Luke’s family, friends and teammates at this difficult time,” the FIU Athletics tweeted.
Coach Mike MacIntyre said in a statement that “words cannot express the heartfelt sadness we feel at the death of our teammate and friend Luke Knox.”
Mr Knox joined FIU from Ole Miss where he was previously coached by Mr MacIntyre.
“I’ve had the honor of coaching Luke at Ole Miss and FIU. While I admired his passion for football, I will always remember his genuine love for his family and team-mates,” added the coach. “He had a special way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and confident. Luke’s family is special to me and they will always be in my heart and prayers during this difficult time.”
Bills coach Sean McDermott said: “Our hearts are with Dawson and his family at this time and we are right here with him to support him and his family.”
While a cause of death for Mr Knox has not been disclosed, United States today reported that the FIU said police did not suspect foul play was involved in his death.
Mr. Knox was an economics student and played 23 games for Mississippi between 2018 and 2021.
United States today reported that Mr Knox’s teammates at the FIU were notified of his death on Wednesday. Thursday’s practice set was canceled and advisors were made available to the team.
Mr Knox completed 11 tackles during his four seasons with Ole Miss, where he played mostly against special teams, before meeting a tight finish last year. On FIUs roster He was listed as a linebacker for that season.
Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said in a statement: “There are heavy hearts throughout our football team following the passing of Luke Knox. I’m very grateful for my personal relationship and the time I’ve spent with Luke.”
“He was a great teammate and an even better person who lifted everyone around him,” he added. “The Knox family means so much to the Ole Miss family and our players, staff and the rest of the university extend our deepest sympathy to all those who have been touched by Luke’s spirit. I know he’s with God now.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/us-sport/luke-dawson-knox-dead-florida-b2147835.html College football player Luke Knox, brother of Dawson Knox, dies aged 22