Former NHL player dies at 29

September 24, 2023
Robert Ayers

Nic Kerdiles has died at the age of 29. 

This is the same Kerdiles who was at one point engaged to reality star Savannah Chrisley and who used to play for the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Nashville Police Department has revealed to TMZ that Kerdiles died as a result of the injuries that he sustained in a motorcycle accident.

The accident, according to the department, took place early on Saturday morning, around 3:30 a.m.

What happened?

According to TMZ's report, the accident took place after Kerdiles allegedly ran a stop sign in a residential neighborhood located just north of central Nashville.

The outlet reports:

Cops say he struck the driver's side of a BMW with his Indian Motorcycle. We're told the other driver stopped immediately -- and that Kerdiles was transported to a local hospital ... where he later died. The police note ... there were no signs of impairment from either driver.

The New York Post reports that, just hours before the crash, Kerdiles actually posted to social media a picture of himself riding his motorcycle.

Per the outlet: "Just hours before his death, Kerdiles posted an eerie Instagram story of himself riding his motorcycle with a caption that read: 'Night rider.'"

At the time of this writing, however, it appears that the story was removed from Kerdiles's Instagram page.

Remembering Kerdiles

Kerdiles played hockey at the college level before briefly playing in the NHL for the Anaheim Ducks.

But, if you are familiar with Kerdiles, chances are that you gained familiarity with him through the reality television series Chrisley Knows Best, on which Kerdiles dated Savannah Chrisley, the second daughter of Todd and Julie Chrisley. Kerdiles and Chrisley's relationship lasted from 2017 to 2020.

Chrisley, following the news of her former fiance's death, posted a touching tribute to him on her Instagram page.

Page Six reports:

[Chrisley] took to her Instagram Story and posted a sweet Boomerang of her and Kerdiles sharing a kiss. She overlayed it with the words: “I’m still hoping you respond to my text.” Chrisley then shared another photo of the two of them holding hands on a beach, while the song “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy played. “Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today,” she wrote. “I miss you and I love you…I’ll forever save our messages of ‘I love you’….”

Chrisley went on to ask for Kerdiles to send her a "sign" showing that he is okay, and she said that she looks forward to riding bikes with him, one day, "along the beaches of heaven."

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