Fort Wayne, Indiana police authorities have released new details about the sudden, and tragic death of James Hardy III, whose body was recovered last week from a local river, according to TMZ.

The body of the ex-NFL player was discovered Wednesday in the Maumee River by an unidentified city worker, writes the entertainment news site. Sources tell the news outlet that it appears James, 31, had been in the water for a few days after his family first reported him missing on May 30. ESPN reports that the coroner’s office identified his body on Thursday.

Several years before his death, Hardy’s life took a hard turn. In 2014, he was arrested on charges of attacking police officers and was later committed to a mental facility,according to TMZ.

The former Indiana University standout player was drafted by the Bills in the second round in 2008, but a series of injuries forced him to play only 16 games over two seasons, writes The Los Angeles Times. He was eventually released by the Bills, and played for a short time for the Baltimore Ravens before he was released in 2011.

Friends and colleagues describe him as nice, outgoing, and an incredible athlete, but he never got over the abrupt end of his NFL career, notes TMZ.



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