Washington State Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Dead at Age 21 in Possible Suicide
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Tyler Hilinski, a quarterback for Washington State University, died on Tuesday at the age of 21. He was a sophomore at the university.
The Pullman Police Department is investigating Hilinski’s death with suicide as a probable cause. A suicide note was found after his death.
According to Bleacher Report, Hilinski played in 11 games over the span of two years and was in the running for the starting quarterback position after the current one graduates.
Hilinski’s fellow football players and others tweeted condolences and messages.
— Drew Hollingshead (@WSUCoachDrew) January 17, 2018
God, let Tyler find peace. Everyone please pray for the Hilinski family tonight. Heaven received a very special person. pic.twitter.com/mx4i1MoOhK
— John Bledsoe (@johnbledsoe11) January 17, 2018
He was as kind as he was talented. As good a leader as he was a friend. The world was a better place with him in it.
— Elisabeth Haffner (@e_haff) January 17, 2018
John Johnson, the WSU interim director of athletics released a statement saying Hilinski would be deeply missed. The statement also provided local resources for those who may need support.
— WSU Cougars (@WSUCougars) January 17, 2018
Head football coach Mike Leach also released a statement regarding Hilinski.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family” – Coach Leach regarding Tyler Hilinski
— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) January 17, 2018
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, with 1,100 students dying by suicide each year, according to Active Minds. Though college athletes seem to have a lower incidence of suicide, football players have the highest risk out of other collegiate sports, according to a 2015 research study.
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