New details have surfaced surrounding the suicide of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski. On Tuesday, June 25, a report from Sports Illustrated surfaced revealing that Hilinski had been diagnosed with Stage 1 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Hilinski had just played in games at the collegiate level and was just 21 years old.
The report states:
The diagnosis was Stage 1, the lowest level. But still, Tyler was 21 when he died, he hadn’t played that much in college and for most of his life he manned the most protected of positions. If he had CTE, anyone could. She read that depression was one symptom for Stage 1 and a doctor told her Tyler’s brain looked “like that of a much older, elderly man.”
A look at the latest development in Hilinski’s death was featured during a segment on The Today Show.
Pullman Police responded to the backup quarterback’s apartment where he was found dead. The cause of death was ruled a suicide, with a self-inclicted gunshot wound to the head ending Hilinski’s life. 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.