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WSU Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Washington State University Athletics
WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found in his apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Condolences are pouring in for Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski . He was found dead in Pullman Tuesday of an apparent suicide.

Police in Pullman said they were called to an apartment Tuesday afternoon to check on Hilinski. He had not shown up for football practice earlier in the day.

According to a statement from police, they found him dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A suicide note was found in the apartment.

Hilinski was from Claremont, California. On the WSU football team, he backed up starting quarterback Luke Falk. He appeared in eight games this season, including the Holiday Bowl.

WSU Interim Director of Athletics John Johnson called the news “devastating." He said team members were brought together to learn the news of Hilinski's death and they are being supported by counselors, psychologists, and medical staff.

Hilinski was widely anticipated to be named starting quarterback at WSU this fall. He was 21 years old.

This story has been updated.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call for help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free service answered by trained staff. The number is: 1-800-273-8255.

Deborah is an award–winning radio and television journalist whose career spans more than three decades. As the recipient of a 2018-2019 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, Deborah is currently focusing her reporting on adolescents and mental health.