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Luke Knox, Florida International University football player and brother of NFL's Dawson Knox, dies at 22

(CNN)Luke Knox, Florida International University football player and brother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox, has died . he said Thursday. he was 22 years old.

The university did not disclose the cause of Knox's death, butexpressed its condolences and support for the player's teammates, family and friends.

FIU head his coach Mike McIntyre remembered Knox as a caring and dedicated member of the team and praised Knox's passion for the sport, but said, True love is what I will always remember."

``He had a special way of making everyone around him feel safe and confident. will remain in our hearts and prayers," said McIntyre. statement.

McIntyre also coached Knox at the University of Mississippi, where he was a linebacker where he spent four years before moving to the FIU.

Knox's older brother, Dawson Knox, also played for Ole in his mistakes before joining the Bills in 2019. The Knox brothers hail from the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, Tennessee.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott opened a press conference on Thursday to offer his condolences to the Knox family. Our hearts go out to Dawson and his family and we are with him and supporting him and his family," McDermott said. "We were woken up this morning by tragic news. We love him and support him." , posted a tribute to Knox on Twitter.

"Our entire football team is heartbroken after Luke Knox passed away," it reads. "I am so grateful for the personal relationship and the time I spent with Luke. He was a great teammate and a better person to lift everyone around him." "Our coaches and support staff are reaching out to our football family and will continue to do so to ensure our student-athletes receive the support they need," said the statement.

According to his profile on the FIU sports site, Knox served as linebacker, tight end, and special teams at the University of Mississippi. In the 2021 season with Ole Miss, he appeared in seven games and recorded 11 tackles.