Washington State football player Tyler Hilinski has been found dead at age 21.
On Tuesday night, Pullman Police responded to the backup quarterback’s apartment where he was found dead. The caue of death has been ruled as a suicide, with a self-inclicted gunshot wound to the head ending Hilinski’s life.
According to a police statement, Hilinski left a suicide note.
The statement read:
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 (WSU) football player who did not show up for practice earlier in the day. Officers arrived and found Tyler Hilinski, 21 years old, deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found. Hilinski is listed as a redshirt sophomore quarterback on the WSU football team. Pullman Police detectives and the Whitman County Coroner’s Office are conducting a thorough investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death.
Hilinski was in his third year in Pullman and recorded 1,176 yards, 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions during the 2017 campaign. Hilinski started the Holiday Bowl for the Cougars just three weeks ago.
Our deepest condolences go out to Hilinski’s family and friends during this difficult and tragic time.