“Luke was discovered by friends in his dorm room here on campus in medical distress,” FIU Police Captain Delrish Moss told NBC News. “FIU police was called and FIU police officers arrived and attempted CPR until rescue arrived and took over. He was transported to a local hospital by Miami-County Fire Rescue and he later died at that hospital.”
“Today, our hearts are heavy as the FIU community mourns the loss of one of our Panthers, student athlete Luke Knox,” FIU Interim President Kenneth Jessell said in a video statement posted on the university’s Twitter account. “Luke’s untimely death is deeply felt among his FIU family, his friends, classmates, teammates, coaches and mentors.
No foul play is suspected in Knox’s death, which the Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating, Detective Chris Thomas told NBC News. Knox’s cause of death has yet to be determined by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow we feel because of the passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Knox,” MacIntyre said in the statement. “I had the honor of coaching Luke at Ole Miss and at FIU. While I admired his passion for football, his genuine love for his family and teammates is what I will always remember. He had a special way of making everyone 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.”