Luke Knox, a 22-year-old linebacker for the Florida International University (FIU) Panthers, died on August 17, 2023, after being found in his dorm room in medical distress. His death shocked and saddened the FIU community, as well as his family and friends. Knox was the younger brother of Dawson Knox, a tight end for the Buffalo Bills.
The Circumstances of Luke Knox’s Death
According to FIU Police Captain Delrish Moss, Luke Knox was discovered by friends in his dorm room on campus in medical distress. 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.
Miami-Dade Police took over the investigation into Luke Knox’s death; they did not suspect foul play, Detective Chris Thomas said. However, the cause of death remains unclear, as the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to publicize Luke Knox’s autopsy report.
The Tributes to Luke Knox
Luke Knox’s death sparked an outpouring of grief and support from his family, teammates, coaches, and fans. His older brother, Dawson Knox, posted a tribute to him on Instagram, writing: “Luke is not lost, because we know exactly where he is. God’s got him, and I know I’ll be seeing him again one day. Luke’s legacy will continue [to] live on through all the lives he’s impacted in incredible ways. This isn’t a goodbye, it’s just a see you later. I love you, Luke.”
Dawson Knox also dedicated his first touchdown of the 2023 season to his brother, pointing to the sky after scoring against the Kansas City Chiefs. He posted a picture of the celebration on Twitter, writing: “That one’s for you 16.” Luke Knox wore the number 16 jersey at FIU.
FIU football announced the death of Luke Knox on Twitter, writing: “We are saddened by the sudden passing of Luke Knox, a member of the FIU Football Program.” FIU coach Mike MacIntyre, who also coached Luke at Ole Miss, said: “Words cannot explain the sincere sorrow we feel due to the passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Knox. I had the chance to coach Luke at FIU and Ole Miss. Even though I respected his love for the sport, I’ll always remember his genuine affection for his family and teammates.
The Buffalo Bills observed a moment of silence for Luke Knox before their August matchup with the Denver Broncos. Bills coach Sean McDermott expressed his condolences to Dawson Knox and his family, saying: “Our thoughts go out to Dawson and his family during this time. He has our utmost support, and we’re right there with him and his family. I simply received terrible news this morning. We support him and adore him.”
The Life and Career of Luke Knox
Luke Knox was born on June 16, 2001, in Brentwood, Tennessee. He was one of five children of David and Rachel Knox. He had four siblings: Dawson, LJ, Isaiah, and Nate. LJ is a soccer player at Auburn University.
Luke Knox attended Brentwood Academy, where he played football as a linebacker and tight end. He was a three-star recruit who signed with Ole Miss in 2018. He played two seasons with Ole Miss, mostly on special teams. He recorded 11 tackles, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery in 2021.
He transferred to FIU in 2022 as a redshirt junior. He was expected to compete for a starting linebacker spot for the Panthers in 2023. He majored in business at FIU.
Luke Knox was known for his passion for football, his love for his family and friends, and his faith in God. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Luke Knox’s autopsy report has not been released yet, so the cause of his death remains unknown. However, his death has been mourned by many people who admired him as a person and a player. His brother Dawson Knox has honored him with his performance on the field and his heartfelt messages on social media. Luke Knox’s legacy will live on through his family, teammates, coaches, and fans.