Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State football walk-on and OSU wrestler, killed himself in November 2014. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The New York Times has published an in-depth feature on Karageorge, who was an inspiration for many of his Buckeye teammates during the team's national championship run during the '14 season.
This piece looks specifically at what might have caused Karageorge's mental issues. The former Ohio State defensive lineman sent these texts to his mother the night he went missing.
“im sorry i hope im not an embarrasment.”
“my heads been so [expletive] latly from a these concussioms i really am sorry.”
The feature leaves very little room for doubt - concussions are likely the cause of his mental issues. Karageorge suffered many of them, mostly as a wrestler (as he played just one year of college football).
The Karageorges told the researchers that their son had sustained about 15 concussions. But they were not certain. He had rarely shared details of his injuries.
He sustained his last known concussion during football practice about two months before he died. It kept him out for about three weeks, his parents said. Ohio State doctors handled his treatment.
Dr. Andrew Thomas, the chief medical officer for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, declined to discuss Karageorge’s care specifically, saying that his family had not given proper authorization. But Thomas expressed confidence in Ohio State’s team of medical providers. He said they were required to follow a detailed procedure in evaluating a concussed athlete before allowing the athlete to return to action.
You can read the full feature here.