Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead Tuesday in an apparent in Pullman, Washington in what was an apparent suicide.
According to police. ghe 21-year-old shot himself in the head with a rifle, suicide note by his side.
He was found during a wellness check after not showing up for practice that day
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing,” coach Mike Leach said in a statement. “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.”
Hilinski, a Claremont, California, native, just finished his redshirt sophomore season for the Cougars. He started the team’s bowl game against Michigan State and was expected to take over the starting role next season. He enrolled at Washington State in January 2015 after attending Upland High School in Southern California.
Washington State president Kirk Schulz tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family.”
Hilinski’s younger brother, Ryan, is a highly regarded quarterback prospect in the Class of 2019.