Coroner identifies body found in river as ex-Bills WR James Hardy

Doug Mendoza
July 20, 2017

Former NFL wide receiver James Hardy's death was ruled a suicide, the Allen County (Ind.) Coroner's Office announced on Wednesday.

Hardy's cause of death has not yet been determined.

Hardy's body was found by an employee with Fort Wayne's water filtration plant in the Maumee River on June 7. His family reported him missing a few weeks before his body was found.

He was just 31 years old.

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Hardy, who is from Fort Wayne, was a star college wideout at IN and caught 191 passes for 2,740 yards and 36 touchdowns from 2005-07.

Hardy, who starred at IN before playing for the NFL's Buffalo Bills, was found dead IN a river IN IN back IN June.

The 6-foot-6 Hardy also appeared in 23 games for Indiana's basketball team during the 2004-05 season.

Payton called Hardy an "inspiration to me and many others."? He appeared in 16 games (three starts) in his National Football League career, all with the Bills, catching 10 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He was charged with felony resisting arrest, but six months later was admitted to a mental institution after being deemed unfit to stand trial, per a TMZ report.

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