On Tuesday, January 16, 21-year-old Tyler Hilinski, a quarterback for the Washington State University Cougars, was a no-show at practice.

Police were sent to Hilinski’s campus apartment to perform a welfare check on the athlete. According to the Bleacher Report, when the police arrived they found Hilinski deceased.

The Washington State police released a statement explaining that Hilinski had died by an apparent suicide:

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at about 4:30 pm, Pullman officers responded to apartments located at 1620 NE Northwood Dr., Aspen Village Apartments, to check on the welfare of a Washington State University football player who did not show up for practice earlier in the day. Officers arrive and found Tyler Hilinski, 21 years old, deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Police said in the statement that a rifle was found lying next to Hilinski, as well as a suicide note.

An investigation is currently underway to confirm the suspected manner of his death.

Hilinski was a redshirt sophomore for the Cougars. He was named the starting quarterback going into the Holiday Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans on December 28.

As the Bleacher Report reports, the 21-year-old was expected to be named starting quarterback for the 2018-19 football season following senior QB Luke Falk’s departure.

According to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health (USNLM-NIH), over the 9-year study period, 35 cases of suicide were identified from a review of 477 student-athlete deaths during 3,773,309 individual participant seasons, which is lower than that of the general and collegiate population of similar age.

On average, there are 123 suicides committed per day.

Those who were close to Hilinski took to Twitter to express their condolences, including his younger brother, Ryan:

Teammate Skyler Thomas wrote in another tweet following Hilinski’s death:

“[I]f you are ever going through something and you feel like suicide is the only way to deal with it you can always contact me no matter who you are. You can also contact The National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.”

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