Luke Knox, a Florida International University (FIU) football player and the brother of NFL’s Dawson Knox, passed away on August 17, 2022, at the age of 22. His sudden death shocked and saddened the sports community, especially his family and teammates. But what was the cause of his death? And did it have anything to do with the COVID-19 vaccine?
Luke Knox was found in medical distress in his dorm room
According to CNN, Luke Knox was discovered by friends in his dorm room in ‘medical distress’. He was transported to a local hospital by Miami-County Fire Rescue, where he later died. The FIU athletics department did not provide any details about his cause of death, but expressed sorrow and support for his family and friends.
FIU head coach Mike MacIntyre, who also coached Luke at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), remembered him as a caring and committed member of the team. “He had a special way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and confident. Luke’s family is special to me, and they will continually be in my heart and in my prayers during this difficult time,” MacIntyre said in a statement.
Luke’s older brother, Dawson Knox, who plays for the Buffalo Bills, also posted a tribute to him on Twitter. “Thank you all for the outpouring of love and support for my family. Our hearts are broken but we know Luke is in a much better place now with his savior Jesus,” he wrote.
The police ruled out foul play in Luke Knox’s death
The Miami-Dade Police took over the investigation into Luke’s death and said they did not suspect any foul play, according to NBC News. The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to publicize Luke’s cause of death, but some sources have speculated that it might be related to COVID-19 complications.
According to TheNetline, Luke had tested positive for COVID-19 in July 2022 and had recovered from it. However, some reports suggested that he had not been vaccinated against the virus. It is possible that he suffered from long-term effects of COVID-19 or a reinfection that led to his demise.
However, these are only rumors and there is no official confirmation or evidence to support them. It is also unclear whether Luke had any underlying health conditions that could have contributed to his death.
Luke Knox was a talented football player who played for Ole Miss and FIU
Luke Knox was born on June 16, 2000, in Brentwood, Tennessee. He attended Brentwood Academy, where he played football as a linebacker and tight end. He was a three-star recruit who received offers from several colleges, including Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Army.
He chose to play for Ole Miss, where he joined his brother Dawson in 2018. He played as a linebacker, a tight end, and on special teams for the Rebels. He appeared in 25 games and recorded 28 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one fumble recovery.
In 2021, he transferred to FIU as a graduate student and joined the Panthers football team. He was expected to play as a linebacker for the 2022 season, but he did not get a chance to do so.
Luke Knox was known for his passion for football, his love for his family and teammates, and his faith in God. He left behind four siblings – Dawson, LJ, Isaiah, and Nate – and two parents – Rachel and David Knox. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.