Police confirmed that former LSU tight end Tyler Edwards, 26, was found dead in his car by his father on Saturday night at around 9:30 p.m. from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Detective Reggie Brown said Edwards’ body has been sent to Little Rock, Arkansas for an autopsy even though a preliminary investigation indicated that his death was a suicide.
Edwards was a beloved member of the Tigers football team from 2008 to 2012.
After graduating from Ouachita Parish High School in 2008, where Edwards caught 42 passes for 573 yards as an upperclassman, he became of the nation’s most popular tight ends in his class and one of the top-ranked prep prospects in Louisiana. In following his older brother’s lead, Eric Edwards, who was a standout tight end at LSU and who played in the 2003 national championship as a senior before going on to play two seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Edwards had decided to also play football at LSU.
Edwards, however, did not achieve as much success in football as his older brother did.
After red-shirting for his true freshman season, Edwards only played 39 games over five years of his collegiate career, catching one pass for 10 yards. In 2012, his senior year, he was ruled ineligible for play.
According to LSU spokesman, Ernie Ballard, although Edwards had left LSU in 2013, he had re-enrolled to work on finishing his degree.
It’s a sad day when we have to report the loss of a favorite team, but an even sadder day when we have to report the loss of young player, especially one that was on the brink of a seemingly bright future, even if it wasn’t necessarily an athletic one.
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