Another former NFL player has left this world on seemingly unfortunate terms.
According to reports, ex-Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, James Hardy, has been found dead in an Indiana river.
Hardy’s body was discovered Wednesday in Maumee River in Fort Wayne, IN by a water plant employee. On Thursday, his body was officially identified. The cause of his death is still under investigation.
The 31-year-old was reported missing a few weeks ago by relatives. The NFL star reportedly had a history of mental health issues. In 2014, Hardy was arrested for resisting arrest. However, a judge later ruled him mentally incompetent to go to trial. Instead, Hardy was ordered to receive treatment at a mental health facility.
Hardy’s professional football career started when he was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. The former Indiana University student also played for the Ravens before being released in 2011. The 6-foot-6 athlete’s NFL career consisted of 16 games, catching 10 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.