James Hardy III

The Allen County (Indiana) Coroner's Office confirmed that a body found in an Indiana river is retired NFL player James Hardy III. The 31-year-old former Buffalo Bills wide receiver was reported missing a week ago.

According to the Fort Wayne Police Dept, Hardy's body was found wedged in a dam in the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Wednesday. Hardy's mother reported him missing on May 30.

The 6-foot-6 Fort Wayne native was a 2 sport player at Indiana University. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft.

Hampered by injuries, Hardy played in 16 games for four NFL teams in his brief 3 years in the NFL.

Reality TV star Antonia "Toya" Wright, who dated Hardy in 2009, expressed her condolences to his family on her Instagram.com account on Thursday night.

"I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Hardy family at this difficult time... may your heart and soul find peace and comfort. #RipJames", she wrote under a photo of Hardy wearing his NFL uniform.

Tragedy also struck Wright last year when her brothers Ryan “Rudy” Johnson, 24, and Joshua “Fish” Johnson, 31, were killed in a drive-by shooting in New Orleans.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    I actually thought THIS was the dude she was gonna marry vs. Memphitz. RIP to this man. This is beyond sad. I feel for his family

  • Yoni7

    I remember him/them together. I use to think he was so cute. But anybody was a step UP from Wayne. I wonder was it suicide or foul play? Rest in peace.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Read in another report he had been depressed. Its why his mom had been in such close contact with him lately and when she didnt hear from him she reported him missing. Also read his body was stuck in a drainage resevoir in the river. An employee of the water filtration plant found him. My heart is heavy behind this here.

  • tintin

    deaths come in 3s R.I.P

  • Yardgirl

    Oh no!! His poor mother must be beside herself. When people are suicidal, they will find a way no matter what you do. RIP sir.

  • Yardgirl

    What a horrible way to die :-( R.I.P.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    He had been in trouble back in 2015 for attacking three police officers and pure wasnt found competent to stand trial and was ordered to undergo mental health treatment. The whole story is awful man.


    Its said to say that he got caught up with the wrong people and someone took his life. May he RIP and his murder is solved

  • Please Stop The Madness

    I hope it is solved too if its murder. Damn media trying to make it look like suicide.

  • 70114

    Rest his soul


    Now ain't that' something!? But kill yourself far away from home??? Well I hope they find out the truth and soon

  • Di Ana

    So sad. My condolences to the family.

  • Renee26

    RIP and condolences to the family..we not going to act like it was Toya who made that man relevant like the title implies...may she find peace as well

  • PhillyFacts

    Is it really necessary to express condolences online, rather than reach out to mourning families the traditional way?

  • Yardgirl

    Dang! So sad :-(

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    He kinda look like shawty lo on the first pic

  • Genia

    Do you know for some, they are offended if you don't do it publicly?
    Isn't it interesting how beholden to social media we are.

  • Genia

    My heart and prayers to the family.

  • Genia

    ohh nooooo :-(

  • sherri2016

    RIp he'll always be a Raven for life


    Damn Toya - you need to be come a kardashian because any man who's ever been in life either looks like hell or is dead.

  • Sayitreal

    Toya got voodoo on her or someting. 2 marriages failed, this guy dies, brothers popped a string of online beefs. I always heard she was a nasty person tho

  • Nauje

    Not saying his family's is this way. But I know several acquaintances of mine who get SUPER offended if something isn't put on social media. #GoFigure

  • BeUtFullSoul

    R.I.P. #SAD :'(

  • IAmLegend

    Are we sure she's not a Kardashian? The curse is real!

  • hottlanta

    There are too many black NFL players being found dead. Too many for me.

  • Dowoop

    She may not have their personal contact info.

  • Diva4lyfe

    Aww man it is so sad to hear this RIP to him and May God give strength to his Mom.

  • Dowoop

    Thats what the NFL will do to you.

  • millz

    She used to be very nice and humble... the last time I saw her at the chris brown concert she was very stank. She's need to have several seats an so be reminded you just grimlins baby mama Memphis ex wife and tinys ex friend friend....

  • Yoni7

    I hate shit like that. You damned if you do and damned if you don't.

  • darealwifey

    I think, generally speaking, that social media has become an acceptable way to send well wishes, express gratitude and offer condolences (as long as the loved ones have been notified). We are living in different times.

  • darealwifey

    I think, generally speaking, that social media has become an acceptable way to send well wishes, express gratitude and offer condolences (as long as the loved ones have been notified). We are living in different times.

  • Nauje

    Yes it's irritating. I'm at the point I that I don't even care anymore. Their every move is put on social media.

  • Nauje

    Yes it's irritating. I'm at the point I that I don't even care anymore. Their every move is put on social media.

  • lQueenNefertiti

    What kind of hex this family got?

  • tynamight

    Dang! Toya Wright has to deal w/ 3 deaths so close to home.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Poor baby.

  • Yoni7

    RIGHT! Talking about "We're asking for prayers. But don't ask no questions." <--------- was a REAL POST one day.

  • Genia

    @Nauje, yes i have a few acquaintances who operate the same way.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    My condolences to his family

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Condolences to the family.

  • datATLboi

    Toya worse than a Kardashian---all that peen she been through

  • LibraGirlonly

    My condolences to the family. Off topic Is it true Kylie married Travis Scott?

  • IntroSpective

    Condolences to the family and if foul play was involved, may they find the culprit.

    OAN: Did Toya have a rhinoplasty procedure performed? ?

  • freelancepimp .

    How is this about Toya!?

  • Nauje

    Yes!!!!! #ShutUpForever

  • Yall StayWoke

    Black men are mentally unstable more now than ever. If they are not killing Black Women and young girls- they are killing themselves and abandoning their families. Black men need to stop leading lives through destructive behavior leaving Black Women behind to defend them and clean up after their destruction.

  • Nauje

    Unfortunately, our society is social media driven. I do browse certain blogs. But don't jump down my throat because I don't live and post on social media 24/7! Or acknowledge your 99999 posts. Lol, ok rant over. ?

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  • KcoolMuziq

    Maybe because Black men are the least respected out of any race. Have U EVER thought about that? Ms. judgemental smh.

  • Renee Bee

    Rest peacefully, Young Blood.

  • Justlooknout

    This is so tragic, folks don't end up the river floating just because. May God Rest his soul and may his family find peace and comfort among each other.

    I'm going to pray for this young lady, death is around each corner for her, she must see minister, spiritualist or something. REAL TALK

  • Miany

    RIP to Mr. Hardy...
    as for your "other note", I looked at that pic and thought the same exact thing.

  • Miany

    I don't think she's been through "that" much peen.. I haven't heard about her in these streets.. seems like she been either married or single and mingling with dude up top since I've heard of her.

  • TeeTee

    I swear I read this same response in every post... from you. I need you to go out and talk to those who need to hear that. Not just us stay at home moms/dads, elite professionals, and 9 to 5'ers stuck at work. GO Start a movement.

  • TeeTee

    That sucks! Football isn't everything, we need to teaching our black men to go back to school, invest in a business, stocks and bonds or something. Not to say that he was broke, but when you running thru money and that fast life is over - you feel defeated. Find a second hobby..

  • Sayitreal

    In that order with her short neck.

  • stanley

    Black people don't do water.... He was murdered. But the police are lazy these days with crimes against people of color. They probably rule it suicide.

  • Lolalao

    How? She is not the poster child for making porn to become famous.

  • TooMuchTea

    Exactly what I was thinking. I guess that's how it is when you live life in public. Everything is a post.

  • SummerBaby

    RIP! ???


    Satan is coming to collect what Toya owes ?
    This poor man ???

  • Yall StayWoke

    They have the least amount of respect for themselves. How tf you expect me to have respect for you when you don't have any for yourself?

  • Rhondalousey

    No, he's going after kourtney now, smh.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Poor thing......my god bless his soul

  • Quitedeliteful

    Handsome guy.. Hardy’s body was found wedged in a dam in the Maumee River... This sounds like foul play.


    I dont know who is more lazy the Police or the Reporters.

  • bhavana

    What an absolutely ridiculous thing to say.

  • Dahl

    I know, right??? All these men dropping like fleas around her...

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Yet those paperback books still in the shelf ??

  • Allihave2say

    Wayne will be next drug overdose/seizure induced coma dead within 1 week of coma due to irreversible brain damage 2018.

  • Allihave2say

    Yeah but they give so much disrespect to black women and their children. We need a clean up act.

  • Allihave2say

    She was first Waynes wife

  • Allihave2say

    I'm sure she did. they're both public figures so I'm sure if she didn't folks would complain.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I'm a black man and I'm very respectful of ALL women. I'm still treated sometimes like the back of someone's foot and given the side eye when I walk in a store,elevator etc. I can't even drive a descent car without getting pulled over by the cops.

    Don't lump ALL of us together. Maybe U encounter the ghetto ones that slap U around and call U a bitch. Plus abandoned their kids. We are not all like that.

    I shouldn't even have to say this with all the black men getting killed for nothing lately. We are extinct.

  • kekeb

    I'm not a Wayne fan, but that is an awful thing to say. Words have power. I hope he ISN'T next. I hope he stops whatever addictive behavior that could take him from his children and family.

  • kekeb

    How you know her vaginal mileage? Smh. Mind YOUR business. This woman has been married twice abd is a mother. How dare you

  • kekeb

    Exactly. He sounds like a jealous HATER

  • Faithz

    I agree with you on that, so young, and his
    whole life ahead of him RIP.

  • Faithz

    You are wrong for that, even though
    Wayne is out there. I jut hope people
    get their house in order because we are in the last days
    according to the bible.

  • Queen B

    Omg I remember him...such a good looking man. RIP

  • Allihave2say

    I don't mean to speak ill of the potentially dead. Wayne has to want to live and be healed. I imagine that he has so much pain at the realization that his "daddy" was violating his body and spirit. That's why he marks himself up, stays high and keeps popping babies.

    I met this young man outside a concert venue that my children attended. Didn't really know what he was about back then. He was a gentleman and nice. We took a picture together. I wasn't in the concert I was waiting for the kids while they were there. He's likable but he's also very ill.

    He fly down to Mexico or Sweden and take that Ibogaine to kill the drug addiction then work with psych and other specialists to regenerate his body and spirit.

  • Allihave2say

    I hope so too. Unfortunately Wayne is surrounded by a lot of family enablers. He can not get well in his current climate. I met him years ago. He's a nice man. I hope he gets the help he needs. I realize my words seem harsh and they are for a reason intended and not the one everyone thInks - that I'm being cruel and insensitive. These celebs read the blogs and perhaps someone who loves him will read my stern words and consider offering him help.

    I repeat they say IBOGAINE cures addiction and he can afford the cure.

  • Faithz

    Thanks for that Insight, good artist but
    you can tell something isn't right with his spirit.

  • Maxima

    Very sad for this very handsome young man. Sadly, black professional athletes are ill-equipped for life after the game. There needs to be some kind of out-placement for them. RIP.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    Plenty of people affiliated with her end up deceased. May this man RIP

  • Gotitbutsmh

    You said that. Cheap shot, what does that even mean?

  • Gotitbutsmh

    What in the world happened with all of that. Totally sad. Condolences to his family.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    I see you making that blanket statement about all black men. Sounds like you need to wake up or change your circle of friends.

  • Salena Says

    Toya has really bad luck with deaths around her all the time..Weird.