Nic Kerdiles' Last Instagram Post Before Fatal Motorcycle Crash Is Heartbreaking & Eerie

Former hockey pro Nic Kerdiles' last Instagram Story is incredibly heartbreaking and eerie in the wake of his death at age 29. On September 23, Kerdiles faced fatal injuries after getting into a motorcycle accident, per WKRN. The former Anaheim Ducks player — who was once on a path to marry reality star Savannah Chrisley —  was driving in Tennessee at the time of the crash. As the outlet reported, Kerdiles failed to yield at a stop sign and ran into a BMW SUV. Although Kerdiles was alive when medical personnel arrived, he succumbed to his injuries at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Kerdiles' death comes seven months after Savannah and her father, Todd Chrisley, helped foil his February suicide attempt, according to People. Although Savannah and Kerdiles hadn't officially been in a relationship for several years, the reality star has since taken to Instagram to honor her ex-fiancé. In a series of Instagram Stories, Savannah honored the years they spent romantically intertwined. "I'm still hoping you'll respond to my text..." Savannah captioned a photo of them kissing on what appears to be a hike (via E! News). 

Her second Story was even more heartbreaking, featuring the former couple posing together on the beach. "Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today. I miss you and I love you," wrote Savannah (via E! News). She also asked Kerdiles to send "a sign" that he'll be okay. Unfortunately, Kerdiles' last Instagram post evokes feelings that are just as gut-wrenching as Savannah's.

Nic Kerdiles posed with his motorcycle before he died

Nic Kerdiles spent some of his last moments on earth riding his motorcycle. Eerily, he featured his motorcycle in his last social media post. In a since-expired Instagram Story, Kerdiles confidently posed on his motorcycle as someone snapped a photo of him. He captioned the photo "Night Rider." Unfortunately, although he was wearing a helmet in the photo, he would not survive his injuries. 

Days earlier, Kerdiles revealed that he'd been having a good time in Nashville, Tennessee where he'd been living and practicing real estate. In an Instagram slideshow, Kerdiles posted two photos of himself seemingly in good spirits as he posed with friends in a bar. He also posted a photo of himself posed on a Toyota tractor. "Decent weekend being a tourist in my own town," Kerdiles captioned the photo.

On September 1, Kerdiles happily reflected on the recent time he'd spent with his entire family, including his nieces and nephews. "Getting to go home this past weekend and seeing my family was something that I need more than I knew," Kerdiles wrote on Instagram. "Time in this life goes by quicker and quicker each day. I will never again take the these days with them for granted and my advice is the same for everyone else." Sadly, Kerdiles also revealed he'd already booked his next trip back home.

The Chrisley family expressed their love for Nic Kerdiles

In addition to his own family, the Chrisley family adored Nic Kerdiles, and recently took to Instagram Stories (via Us Weekly) to share their heartfelt tributes. Chase Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley's brother, said that he was speechless when hit with the news of Kerdiles' tragic death. "I love you, man," he wrote. Kyle Chrisley, Savannah's half-brother, also shared some kind words about the late athlete. He wrote, "Nic was a good soul all the way around. He was incredibly hard-working and was always there for you." He revealed that Kerdiles felt like family and was close to his father Todd Chrisley.

Although his daughter's engagement was short-lived, Todd still deeply cared about Kerdiles after his and Savannah's 2020 split. In a 2022 episode of the "Chrisley Confessions" podcast, Todd said, "We love Nic, and I pray for him every day and I will always love him. Nic will always mean the world to my family, but they have gone their separate ways." Todd was also there for Kerdiles after he attempted suicide. In an Instagram Live (via People), Kerdiles said that he was "grateful" for "people like Savannah and Todd and Chad" during the tough time. Todd expressed his unconditional love for his daughter's ex.

Inside Nic Kerdiles' hockey career

Nic Kerdiles left a tremendous impact on many people, including those he crossed paths with professionally. California's Anaheim Ducks, who Kerdiles played ice hockey for, honored the former athlete on social media. In an Instagram post, the team's account wrote, "We're heartbroken to hear the news about Nic Kerdiles, who died in a motorcycle accident this morning. An Irvine native, Nic became the first player from Orange County to play for the Ducks, in 2017. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones."

Prior to pursuing real estate, Kerdiles was an accomplished ice hockey player. He spent two seasons with the Ducks before parting with them in 2018, per USA Today. That year, he was drafted by Canada's Winnipeg Jets. He also played for the Manitoba Moose for one season. In an appearance on "Chrisley Knows Best," Kerdiles talked about how stepping away from the sport affected his emotional state and relationship with Savannah Chrisley. "A career change for me was huge. Hockey was my entire life, and so when I had to retire, I can admit that I didn't handle it the best way," he revealed.