Holiday Bowl Starting QB Found Dead

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Police in Pullman, Wash., announced Tuesday night that they found Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his off-campus apartment.

Whitman County Coroner has issued statement saying it has completed its investigation into Tyler Hilinski's death. Everyone who got chance to knowing him was better for it. "The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family", Head Football Coach Mike Leach said in a statement.

Hilinski, a redshirt sophomore, took over for Luke Falk in the Holiday Bowl after the starting senior quarterback injured his wrist. 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.

He played in eight games in the 2017 season, highlighted by the September 9 game where he led the Cougars to a triple-overtime win against Boise State.

"The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinski is devastating to all".




Former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf tweeted that he had been crying nonstop upon hearing the news. He had not shown up for football practice earlier in the day. The university also is taking steps to help grieving student-athletes with psychological services and mental health counseling.

The public vigil will begin at 7 p.m.in front of the Cougar Pride statue outside of Martin Stadium on Washington State's campus.

UCLA player Josh Woods, who played with Hilinski at Upland High School in California, said: 'I feel so sick right now and wish I would have stayed closer to you after high school.

The National Suicide Hotline provides free, confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.

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