Late Wednesday, it was reported that Matthew Snyder had been found dead at his parent’s home. It was devastating news that shook the Kansas State football program.
Matthew Snyder, who was just 22 years old, was the grandson of legendary Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder and son of associate head coach, special teams coordinator and director of football operations Sean Snyder.
Initially, there were very few details surrounding Snyder’s death.
Outside of emergency personnel saying they responded to a home belonging to Matthew’s parents, further information was not provided. That has all changed now.
Riley County (Kan.) Police Department spokeswoman Hali Rowland says the death is being investigated as a suicide as no foul play was suspected.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snyder family during this very difficult time,” Kansas State athletics director Gene Taylor said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened to learn of this news and ask that the family’s privacy continue to be respected. Sean, Wanda, and the entire Snyder family are greatly appreciative of the outpouring of support displayed by the K-State Family as they cope with this tragedy.”
It is the latest suspected suicide to rock the college football world in the past few days.
Earlier this week, Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police found a rifle and suicide note near his body.
Our deepest condolences go out to all of those impacted by this week’s tragedies, and to anyone who may be feeling alone. Remember, if you are having suicidal thoughts you can always reach out to someone by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Your life matters.