Former NFL Player James Hardy Found Dead in the Maumee River

The body of former NFL player James Hardy was found by Fort Wayne law enforcement officials on Wednesday (June 7). The former Buffalo Bills wide receiver had a missing person report filed on his behalf by his mother on May 30.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the 31-year-old’s body, but a cause and explanation into his death are still undergoing investigation. Hardy’s body was found in the Maumee River in Indiana, pinned to a dam. A worker from Fort Wayne’s filtration plant discovered his lifeless body.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of James Hardy today,” the Buffalo Bills organization released in a statement via Twitter. “We send our condolences to the Hardy family as they deal with this tragic loss.”

After being a star athlete while playing at Indiana University, Hardy was a 2008 NFL second round draft by the Buffalo Bills. When Hardy encountered a series of debilitating injuries during his season, he was limited to playing a total of 16 games over the course of two seasons for the Bills. He was released from the team shortly after in 2009. Hardy also played for the Baltimore Ravens briefly before being released from the team in 2011.

Reality star Toya Wright took to Instagram to share warm thoughts and prayers for Hardy and his family. The two were previously involved in a romantic relationship. “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Hardy family at this difficult time,” the thoughtful caption read. “May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. #RipJames”

Details surrounding the cause and the events leading up to discovering Hardy’s body are still forthcoming as the case is being investigated. Hopefully, everyone is able to one day find peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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