By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Washington State Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski committed suicide, according to reports on Tuesday. He was 21-years-old.
According to Stefanie Loh, a Seattle Times reporter, the law enforcement authorities were called to an apartment complex to check on a Washington State football player at 4:30 pm PST. Once there, they found Hilinski deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The authorities also found a rifle near his body, along with a suicide note.
He was sophomore redshirt quarterback, behind starter Luke Falk. The Whitman County Coroner’s Office, along with the authorities, is investigating the “cause and manner of death.”
The California native appeared in eight games this past season. He went 130 of 179 for 1,176 yards. He also had seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In the Holiday Bowl on Thursday, December 28th, 2017 against the Michigan State Spartans, he went 39 of 50 for 272 passing yards. He also had two touchdowns and an interception in the Spartans 42-17 win.
When he appeared in the Holiday Bowl game, it was the first-time since Saturday, October 28th that he appeared in the game. Hilinski went 45 of 61 for 509 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions after replacing Falk.
The Cougars lost this game 58-37.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 42,826 deaths by suicide. Firearm deaths are 21,386 with 6.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
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